Professor Jonathan Beaverstock

Professor Jonathan Beaverstock

Professor Jonathan Beaverstock
Professor of International Management and Interim Head of School

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Department of Management

Personal profile

Jonathan Beaverstock is Interim Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, and Professor of International Management. He joined the University of Bristol in January 2014.

Previously, Jonathan was Professor of Economic Geography and Director of the 'Integrating Global Society' Research Priority at the University of Nottingham, U.K. (2007-2013). From 1991-2007, he held several positions at Loughborough University, U.K., including Professor and Head of the Department of Geography (2003-2007). He has been awarded Visiting Professorships at the National University of Singapore (Singapore), the University of Ghent (Belgium), the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA).

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Wales (BA Geography, 1986) and the University of Bristol (PhD Economic Geography, 1990). Following his PhD, he did post-doctoral research at the University of Bristol in the School of Advanced Urban Studies (1989) and Department of Geography (1990-1991).


As an interdisciplinary social scientist, Jonathan's research spans international business management, economic geography and migration studies, chiefly investigating the internationalization of global professional service firms. Current research focuses on:

  • BREXIT and the competitiveness of the City of London;
  • the global mobility of talent (expatriation, assignments and business travel);
  • highly-skilled international labour migration and UK migration policy; and,
  • the internationalization of global executive search and private wealth management firms.

Jonathan's research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust and, The Alfred Sloan and Anglo-German Foundations. The impact of his research has informed H.M. Treasury, The Corporation of London, the Regional Government of British Columbia, Canada, Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Council and the (2011) Independent Commission on Banking.

Jonathan is currently an Assistant Editor of Global Networks, on the Editorial Board of Mobilities and has been on the Editorial Boards of Geoforum and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, and is a member of the ESRC's Global Challenges Research Fund peer review college.


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Latest publications

  1. Cook, G, Beaverstock, J, Johns, J, McDonald, F & Pandit, N, 2018, ‘The Routledge Companion to Economic Geography and International Business’. London & New York, Routledge
  2. Beaverstock, J, 2017, ‘The city of global flows’. in: John Rennie Short (eds) A research agenda for cities. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 26-37
  3. Harvey, W & Beaverstock, J, 2017, ‘Diverging experiences of work and social networks abroad: Highly-skilled British migrants in Singapore, Vancouver and Boston’. in: Rethinking International Skilled Migration: A Place-Based and Spatial Perspective. London & New York, Routledge, pp. 268-292
  4. Beaverstock, J, 2017, ‘The spatial mobility of corporate knowledge: Expatriation, global talent and the world city’. in: Heike Jons, Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan (eds) Mobilities of Knowledge. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 227-246
  5. Pandit, N, Cook, G & Beaverstock, J, 2017, ‘Economies and diseconomies of clusters: Financial services in the City of London’. in: Fiorenza Belussi, Jose Luis Hervas-Oliver (eds) Unfolding Cluster Evolution. Routledge:London, Oxford and New York, pp. 23
  6. Watson, A & Beaverstock, JV, 2016, ‘Transnational freelancing: ephemeral creative projects and mobility in the music recording industry’. Environment and Planning A, vol 48., pp. 1428-1446
  7. Storme, T, Faulconbridge, J, Beaverstock, JV, Derudder, B & Witlox, F, 2016, ‘Mobility and professional networks in academia: An exploration of the obligation of presence’. Mobilities.
  8. Beaverstock, J, Hall, S & Faulconbridge, J, 2016, ‘Corporate spatial organization and producer services’. in: Peter Daniels (eds) International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley, Chichester
  9. Beaverstock, J, 2016, ‘Skilled international migration’. in: Peter Daniels (eds) International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley, Chichester
  10. Beaverstock, J & Hay, I, 2016, ‘They've never had it so good: Global wealth and the super-rich’. in: Iain Hay, Jonathan Beaverstock (eds) Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 1-17
  11. Beaverstock, J & Hall, S, 2016, ‘Super-rich capitalism: Managing and preserving private wealth management in the offshore world’. in: Iain Hay, Jonathan Beaverstock (eds) Handbook of Wealth and the Super-Rich. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 401-421
  12. Hay, I & Beaverstock, J, 2016, ‘Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich’. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham
  13. Faulconbridge, J, Hall, S & Beaverstock, J, 2015, ‘Executive Search Agencies’. in: D Needle, D Guest (eds) Wiley Encyclopedia of Management. John Wiley & Sons Inc., pp. 1-4
  14. Pandit, N, Cook, G, Beaverstock, JV & Ghauri, P, 2015, ‘Cluster Benefits and Costs: Does Industry or Multinationality Matter?’.
  15. Beaverstock, JV, Faulconbridge, JR & Hall, SJE, 2015, ‘The globalization of executive search: Professional services strategy and dynamics in the contemporary world’. London & New York, Routledge
  16. Watson, A & Beaverstock, JV, 2014, ‘World city network research at a theoretical impasse: On the need to re-establish qualitative approaches to understanding agency in world city networks ’. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol 105., pp. 412-426
  17. Beaverstock, JV, 2014, ‘Highly-skilled international migration and the attractiveness of world cities’.
  18. Beaverstock, JV, 2014, ‘Sustaining the City of London's global labour market: The role of highly-skilled immigration in banking, financial and professional services’. in: Ben Kochan (eds) Migration and London's growth. London, London School of Economics, London, pp. 77-94
  19. Beaverstock, JV, Hall, S & Wainwright, T, 2013, ‘Servicing the Super-Rich: New Financial Elites and the Rise of the Private Wealth Management Retail Ecology’. Regional Studies, vol 47., pp. 834-849
  20. Storme, T, Beaverstock, JV, Derudder, B, Faulconbridge, J & Witlox, F, 2013, ‘How to cope with mobility expectations in academia: Individual travel strategies of tenured academics at Ghent University, Flanders’. Research in Transportation Business and Management, vol 9., pp. 12-20
  21. Beaverstock, JV & Budd, L, 2013, ‘International business travel in a digital world economy’. Research in Transportation Business and Management, vol 9., pp. 1-4
  22. Beaverstock, JV & Hall, S, 2012, ‘Competing for talent: global mobility, immigration and the City of London's labour market’. Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, vol 5., pp. 271-287
  23. Beaverstock, JV, 2012, ‘The Global Stock Market. Issuers, Investors, and Intermediaries in an Uneven World’. Regional Studies, vol 46., pp. 1419-1420
  24. Cook, GAS, Pandit, NR & Beaverstock, JV, 2011, ‘Cultural and economic complementarities of spatial agglomeration in the British television broadcasting industry: some explorations’. Environment and planning a, vol 43., pp. 2918-2933
  25. Derudder, B, Beaverstock, JV, Faulconbridge, JR, Storme, T & Witlox, F, 2011, ‘You are the way you fly: on the association between business travel and business class travel’. Journal of Transport Geography, vol 19., pp. 997-1000
  26. Beaverstock, JV, 2011, ‘Servicing British Expatriate 'Talent' in Singapore: Exploring Ordinary Transnationalism and the Role of the 'Expatriate' Club’. Journal of ethnic and migration studies, vol 37., pp. 709-728
  27. Muzio, D, Hodgson, D, Faulconbridge, J, Beaverstock, J & Hall, S, 2011, ‘Towards corporate professionalization: The case of project management, management consultancy and executive search’. Current sociology, vol 59., pp. 443-464
  28. Faulconbridge, J, Beaverstock, JV, Taylor, P & Nativel, C, 2011, ‘The Globalization of Advertising: Agencies, Cities and Spaces of Creativity’. London & New York, Routledge
  29. Beaverstock, JV, 2011, ‘German cities in the world city network’. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, vol 69., pp. 213-217
  30. Beaverstock, JV, Faulconbridge, JR & Hall, SJE, 2010, ‘Professionalization, legitimization and the creation of executive search markets in Europe’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 10., pp. 825-843
  31. Faulconbridge, JR, Beaverstock, JV, Hall, S & Hewitson, A, 2009, ‘The 'war for talent': The gatekeeper role of executive search firms in elite labour markets’. Geoforum, vol 40., pp. 800-808
  32. Beaverstock, JV, Derudder, B, Faulconbridge, JR & Witlox, F, 2009, ‘INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL: SOME EXPLORATIONS’. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, vol 91B., pp. 193-202
  33. Faulconbridge, JR, Beaverstock, JV, Derudder, B & Witlox, F, 2009, ‘CORPORATE ECOLOGIES OF BUSINESS TRAVEL IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRMS WORKING TOWARDS A RESEARCH AGENDA’. European Urban and Regional Studies, vol 16., pp. 295-308
  34. Hall, S, Beaverstock, JV, Faulconbridge, JR & Hewitson, A, 2009, ‘Exploring cultural economies of internationalization: the role of 'iconic individuals' and 'brand leaders' in the globalization of headhunting’. Global Networks: a journal of transnational affairs, vol 9., pp. 399-419
  35. Derudder, B, Witlox, F, Faulconbridge, J & Beaverstock, JV, 2008, ‘Airline networks and urban systems’. GeoJournal, vol 71., pp. 1-3
  36. Faulconbridge, JR, Hall, SJE & Beaverstock, JV, 2008, ‘New insights into the internationalization of producer services: organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms’. Environment and planning a, vol 40., pp. 210-234
  37. Derudder, B, Witlox, F, Faulconbridge, J & Beaverstock, JV, 2008, ‘Airline data for global city network research: Reviewing and refining existing approaches’. GeoJournal., pp. 5-18
  38. Beaverstock, JV, Muzio, D, Faulconbridge, J & Taylor, P, 2008, ‘Global law firms: Globalization and organizational spaces of cross-border legal work’. Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, vol 28., pp. 455-488
  39. Pandit, N, Cook, G, Beaverstock, JV & Ghauri, P, 2008, ‘An empirical study of service sector clustering and multinational enterprises’. Journal of Services Research, vol 7., pp. 23-39
  40. Rossi, EC, Beaverstock, JV & Taylor, PJ, 2007, ‘Transaction links through cities: 'decision cities' and 'service cities' in outsourcing by leading Brazilian firms’. Geoforum, vol 38., pp. 628-642
  41. Faulconbridge, J, Engelen, E, Hoyler, M & Beaverstock, J, 2007, ‘Analysing the changing landscape of European financial centres: The role of financial products and the case of Amsterdam’. Growth and change, vol 38., pp. 279-303
  42. Wojcik, D, Sidaway, JD & Beaverstock, JV, 2007, ‘European financial geographies’. Growth and change, vol 38., pp. 167-173
  43. Cook, GAS, Pandit, NR, Beaverstock, JV, Taylor, PJ & Pain, K, 2007, ‘The role of location in knowledge creation and diffusion: evidence of centripetal and centrifugal forces in the City of London financial services agglomeration’. Environment and planning a, vol 39., pp. 1325-1345
  44. Beaverstock, JV, 2006, ‘Globalization and its outcomes.’. Economic Geography, vol 82., pp. 455-456
  45. Beaverstock, JV, Hoyler, M, Pain, K & Taylor, P, 2005, ‘Demystifying the Euro in European financial centre relations: London and Frankfurt, 2000-2001’. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol 13., pp. 143-157
  46. Beaverstock, J, 2005, ‘Transnational elites in the city: British highly-skilled inter-company transferees in New York City's financial district’. Journal of ethnic and migration studies, vol 31., pp. 245-268
  47. Beaverstock, JV, 2005, ‘Global cities’. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol 13., pp. 141-143
  48. Beaverstock, JV, 2004, ‘Transnationale managerelites in het wereldstedennetwork’. Tijdschrift voor Sociaal-Riumtelijke Vraagstukken, vol 20., pp. 12-15
  49. Beaverstock, J, Hubbard, P & Short, JR, 2004, ‘Getting away with it? Exposing the geographies of the super-rich’. Geoforum, vol 35., pp. 401-407
  50. Beaverstock, J, 2004, ‘'Managing across borders': knowledge management and expatriation in professional service legal firms’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 4., pp. 157-179
  51. Beaverstock, J, 2003, ‘The city builders: Property development in New York and London, 1980-2000’. Urban Affairs Review, vol 38., pp. 603-605
  52. Beaverstock, J, 2003, ‘The Castells reader on cities and social theory.’. International journal of urban and regional research, vol 27., pp. 477-478
  53. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Splintering urbanism: Networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition’. Regional Studies, vol 36., pp. 950-951
  54. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Understanding cities: city worlds.’. Cultural Geographies, vol 26., pp. 137-138
  55. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Hong Kong as a global metropolis.’. International journal of urban and regional research, vol 26., pp. 200-201
  56. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Sydney. The emergence of a world city’. Cultural Geographies, vol 26., pp. 686-687
  57. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Global city-regions. Trends, theory, policy’. Cultural Geographies, vol 26., pp. 712-713
  58. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Transnational elites in global cities: British expatriates in Singapore's financial district’. Geoforum, vol 33., pp. 525-538
  59. Beaverstock, JV, Doel, MA, Hubbard, P & Taylor, P, 2002, ‘Attending to the world: Competition, cooperation and connectivity in the world city network’. Global Networks, vol 2., pp. 96-116
  60. Beaverstock, J, 2002, ‘Global city regions: Their emerging forms’. Urban Sociology, vol 39., pp. 822-823
  61. Beaverstock, J & Doel, M, 2001, ‘Unfolding the spatial architecture of the East Asian financial crisis: the organizational response of global investment banks’. Geoforum, vol 32., pp. 15-32
  62. Beaverstock, J, 2001, ‘Globalization and the city.’. Cultural Geographies, vol 25., pp. 151-152
  63. Beaverstock, J, 2001, ‘Globalization and the world of large cities.’. Cultural Geographies, vol 25., pp. 332-333
  64. Beaverstock, J, Smith, R, Taylor, P, Walker, D & Lorimer, H, 2000, ‘Globalization and world cities: some measurement methodologies’. Applied Geography, vol 20., pp. 43-63
  65. Beaverstock, J & Boardwell, J, 2000, ‘Negotiating globalization, transnational corporations and global city financial centres in transient migration studies’. Applied Geography, vol 20., pp. 277-304
  66. Beaverstock, J, 2000, ‘Financial geography: A banker's view’. Applied Geography, vol 20., pp. 203-204
  67. Beaverstock, J, 2000, ‘Money and the space economy’. Area, vol 32., pp. 247-248
  68. Beaverstock, J, Smith, R & Taylor, P, 2000, ‘Geographies of globalization: United States law firms in world cities’. Urban Geography, vol 21., pp. 95-120
  69. Beaverstock, J, Smith, R & Taylor, P, 2000, ‘World city network: A new metageography?’. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol 90., pp. 123-134
  70. Taylor, P, Doel, MA, Hoyler, M, Walker, D & Beaverstock, JV, 2000, ‘World cities in the Pacific Rim: A new Global test of regional coherence’. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, vol 31., pp. 233-304
  71. Beaverstock, J, 2000, ‘The work of cities.’. Progress in Human Geography, vol 24., pp. 324-325
  72. Beaverstock, J, Taylor, P & Smith, R, 1999, ‘The long arm of the law: London's law firms in a globalising world economy’. Environment and planning a, vol 31., pp. 1857-1876
  73. Beaverstock, J, Smith, R & Taylor, P, 1999, ‘A roster of world cities’. Cities, vol 16., pp. 445-458
  74. Beaverstock, J, 1999, ‘Timing global cities’. Area, vol 31., pp. 185-186
  75. Beaverstock, J, 1998, ‘Changing forms of employment: organization, skills and gender.’. Progress in Human Geography, vol 22., pp. 453-454
  76. Beaverstock, J, 1998, ‘Consumer services and economic development’. The Service Industries Journal, vol 18., pp. 168-170
  77. Crewe, L & Beaverstock, J, 1998, ‘Fashioning the city: Cultures of consumption in contemporary urban spaces’. Geoforum, vol 29., pp. 287-308
  78. Beaverstock, JV, 1998, ‘Economic regeneration in the Midland Coalfield area of the National Forest’. The East Midland Geographer, vol 21., pp. 92-97
  79. Beaverstock, JV, 1998, ‘Local economic development and the English National Forest: the case of Moira, North West Leicestershire’. Local Economy, vol 12., pp. 364-372
  80. Beaverstock, J, 1998, ‘Money space: Geographies of transformation’. The Service Industries Journal, vol 18., pp. 177-178
  81. Beaverstock, J, 1997, ‘Cities in competition. Productive and sustainable cities for the 21st century’. Area, vol 29., pp. 83-84
  82. Beaverstock, JV, 1997, ‘The service sector in the East Midlands: Some key trends’. Service Sector Commentary, vol IV., pp. 2-7
  83. Beaverstock, JV, Bell, M, Childs, L, Evans, D & Sheail, J, 1997, ‘The National Forest and Global Sustainability’. European Environment, vol 7., pp. 54-62
  84. Beaverstock, J, 1996, ‘Migration, knowledge and social interaction: Expatriate labour within investment banks’. Area, vol 28., pp. 459-470
  85. Beaverstock, J & Smith, J, 1996, ‘Lending jobs to global cities: Skilled international labour migration, investment banking and the city of London’. Urban studies, vol 33., pp. 1377-1394
  86. Beaverstock, J, 1996, ‘Revisiting high-waged labour market demand in the global cities: British professional and managerial workers in New York City’. International journal of urban and regional research, vol 20., pp. 422-&
  87. Beaverstock, J, 1996, ‘Subcontracting the accountant! Professional labour markets, migration, and organisational networks in the global accountancy industry’. Environment and planning a, vol 28., pp. 303-326
  89. Beaverstock, JV, Leyshon, A, Rutherford, T, Thrift, N & Williams, P, 1993, ‘"Agents of Change". The Restructuring of the Estate Agency Industry in the East Midlands in the 1980s’. The East Midland Geographer, vol 16., pp. 11 - 21
  90. Beaverstock, JV, Leyshon, A, Thrift, NJ, Rutherford, T & Williams, P, 1992, ‘The regional dimension of the restructuring of the estate agency industry in England and Wales’. The Regional Review, vol 2., pp. 5-7
  91. Thrift, N, Leyshon, A, Rutherford, T, Williams, P & Beaverstock, J, 1992, ‘Moving houses: the geographical reorganisation of the estate agency industry in England and Wales in the 1980's’. Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, vol 17., pp. 166 - 182
  92. Beaverstock, J, 1991, ‘Skilled international migration: an analysis of the geography of international secondments within large accountancy firms’. Environment and Planning A, vol 23., pp. 1133 - 1146
  93. Beaverstock, JV, 1990, ‘New international labour markets: the case of professional and managerial labour migration within large chartered accountancy firms’. Area, vol 22., pp. 151-158

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