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Sarah Hall

Professor of Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences



My research focuses on: the changing nature of international financial centres; new forms of financial globalization; the uneven geographies of finance led economic development and the changing nature of financial work. Through my research, I aim to demonstrate the value of economic geography approaches to understanding the financial system and its geographies. I am particularly interested in advancing cultural political economy approaches that bring a focus on social and cultural processes into closer dialogue with the political economy of global finance.

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 Europe, China and North America. My research has been covered my leading media outlets including The Financial Times, the BBC, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph and Wired magazine.

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. I was elected a fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences in 2020.

Research Summary

Research projects

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' £461,000

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 worth 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.

Selected Publications

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