Professor Jonathan Beaverstock
BA (Wales), PhD (Bristol)
Research investigates the internationalisation and clustering of financial, professional service and fintech firms, the mobilities of transnational professionals and the competitiveness of the City of London.
- Economic-Urban Geography
- Highly-Skilled International Migration
- World Cities
- Professional Service Firms
- Transnational Elites
- Business travel
- Executive search
- City of London
- Super-rich capitalism
- Global Urbanism
Professor of International ManagementSchool of Management
As an inter-disciplinary social scientist, my research focuses on the globalization of world cities' financial and professional service firms, the competitiveness of the City of London, and the role of transnational elites in global urbanism. This body of work draws on the theoretical lens' of economic-urban and financial geography, urban and migration/mobilities studies, and organisation studies. Current research explores:
- global talent mobilities and networks in reproducing the competitiveness of financial centres;
- the role of FinTech ecosystems and financial services clustering in the competitiveness of the City of London and U.K. city-regions;
- transnational professionals and the future of knowledge-intensive work, and;
- sustainable business travel in reconfiguring low-carbon urban economies.
I have also published extensively on super-rich capitalism, including seminal work on 'exposing the global super-rich' and private wealth management.
My research has been funded by UKRI (Research England), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. Importantly, its impact has informed stakeholders like H.M. Treasury, U.K.'s Migration Advisory Committee, The Corporation of London, Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Council, The Institute for Public Policy, and FinTech West and the Combined Authority of the West of England in the Bristol-Bath region. Currently, I'm Editor-in-Chief of Global Networks, on the Editorial Boards of Mobilities and Transnational Corporations (UNCTAD), and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's Global Challenges Research Fund and Standard Grant peer review colleges. I also sit on the Nominations Committee of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences.
I currently hold a Visiting Professorship in Economic-Urban Geography at the University of Gent, Belgium, and sit on the Advisory Board of FinTech West, advising on the role of FinTech in the economic development of the Bristol and Bath city-region.
Since joining Bristol in 2014, I've served as the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Interim Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, Head of the Department of Management and Interim Head of the newly forming School of Management. Previous, I was Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham, and Professor and Head of the Department of Geography at Loughborough University.
I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012.
I am available for PhD supervision on topics like, fintech, globalising professional service firms, professionalisation and professional work, City of London, global talent management, expatriation and sustainable business travel.
01/10/2020 to 31/12/2020
Learning from London’s fintech cluster: Ensuring the future sustainability and competitiveness of the Bristol-Bath fintech ecosystem.
DescriptionWorking closely with FinTech West to identify the specific competitive advantages unique to London’s banking, financial and professional services’ cluster (aka City of London) which can inform best practice in…
03/08/2020 to 30/07/2021
01/10/2015 to 30/06/2016
Environment and Planning A
- E-pub ahead of print
- Accepted/In press
Learning from London’s FinTech cluster:
- Commissioned report
The Urban Geography Reader
- Chapter in a book
British Journal of Management