I am an economic geographer whose research develops cultural political economy approaches to the financial system and its geographies. Conceptually, I bring recent work on the cultural and social dimensions of economic life into dialogue with longstanding political economy debates concerning power, politics and institutions in order to examine the uneven production and impacts of finance led economic development.
I have particular interests in: international financial centres; new forms of financial globalization including currency internationalisation; the uneven geographies of finance led economic development and the changing nature of financial work. Supported by funding from the ESRC, the British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation, the majority of my research centres on financial services in the UK, London's international financial district and its relations with North America, Europe and China.
I was appointed an Editor of Geoforum in 2013 and held a British Academy Mid Career Fellowship (2015-2017). I am currently a Senior Fellow with The UK in a Changing Europe where I'm focusing on Brexit and the UK's financial services sector.
2019-2022 ESRC Senior Fellowship with The UK in a Changing Europe 'Financial services in a changing Europe: Brexit and financial centres across the UK'
2015-2017 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.