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Sarah Hall

Professor of Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences



Sarah is an economic geographer whose research examines the circuits of knowledge, expertise and elites that shape the contemporary global service economy. Her work advances understandings of how such circuits are created, produced and legitimated in order to better understand the variegated nature of their geo-economic power. Her current work is focused on the processes of making offshore renminbi markets in London's financial district as part of wider processes of Chinese currency internationalisation.

These processes have been examined through three related research foci that centre on financial and related business service sectors.

  1. Cultural economy approaches to knowledge production, market making and learning in the global economy (funding from ESRC, The Nuffield Foundation).
  2. The (re)production of contemporary economic elites (funding from the ESRC, The British Academy).
  3. Globalisation and advanced business services (funding from the ESRC, The British Academy)

Sarah was appointed an Editor of Geoforum in 2013 and in 2014 was awarded a British Academy Mid Career Fellowship.

Research Summary

Research projects

2015-2016 British Academy Mid Career Fellowship 'New mobile elites: motivations, experiences and trajectories of highly skilled Chinese migrants in London'. £102,515

2015-2019 Leverhulme Trust Programme Grant on Sustaining Urban habitats: an interdisciplinary approach (Co-investigator, PI Professor Darren Robinson, total grant £1.75m)

2011-2014: British Academy 'Globalizing for-profit business education service firms and the making of education markets in the UK and US

2008-2010: ESRC First Grant 'Spaces of business education and the (re)production of financial theory in practice'. £189,350.

2009: Financial Services Research Forum 'The wholesale-retail finance interface' with Prof Jon Beaverstock (Co-I), £8,690.

2009: Financial Services Research Forum 'Scoping the private wealth management of the high net work market in the UK's financial services industry'. Co-investigator with Prof Jon Beaverstock (P-I), £9,950.

2006-2007: ESRC, 'The globalization of the executive search industry in Europe'. Co-investigator with Prof Jon Beaverstock (P-I) and Dr James Faulconbridge (Co-I, Lancaster University). £44,968.

2005-2007: The Nuffield Foundation, 'Geographies of quantitative finance: American business schools and investment banking in London's financial district'. £7,456.

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