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Shaun French

Associate Professor in Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Research interests in the geographies of economic practice and knowledge. Epistemic communities, institutions, professions and spaces of the production and circulation of business knowledge and… read more

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Research interests in the geographies of economic practice and knowledge. Epistemic communities, institutions, professions and spaces of the production and circulation of business knowledge and praxis. Specific research has focused on three areas. First, financial services and money, and in particular the long-term insurance sector (life assurance, health insurance and pensions); socially responsible investment; and financial centres. The latter involving an engagement with wider theories of industrial clustering and agglomeration. Second, work on financial services professionals has led to a more general interest in professions, professionals and business knowledge communities. I am especially interested in the current importance of 'softer' professional groups such as human resources and marketing. Third, e-commerce and the increasing significance of software and information communications technologies for business. I am interested in the ways in which business practice becomes embedded in technology and the ways in which hardware and software themselves produce new economic practices and relationships.

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