Vice-President (Research & Enterprise)
Professor Andrew Jones
Professor Jones was appointed Vice-President (Research & Enterprise) in 2016. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background as an economic geographer. His interest in issues of globalisation has seen him contribute to studies in the fields of political science, sociology and management studies. His research focuses on global economy, including firms, governing organisations and the activities of key individuals.
His research has been particularly interested in how the activities of organisations relate to the ongoing development of a globalised economy. In relation to this he has investigated the working practices of staff in large 'global' organisations and what they 'do'; how they use information technology, travel and mobility strategies; the nature of global knowledge management and the way in which local contexts and places shape competitiveness. Past projects include the globalisation of investment banking, consultancy and legal industries as well as the role played by specific cities as locations for these industries.
A related but different strand to Professor Jones' research on globalisation has been concerned with the nature of other forms of 'work', and notably volunteering. In 2004 he authored a study for the UK Government's Department for Education & Skills on the nature and significance of 'gap years', leading to a further long-term project examining overseas youth volunteering projects. This work explored the impacts on volunteers and, to a lesser extent, host communities of gap-year volunteering across the globe including schemes in Tanzania, Guatemala, Belize, Australia and Vietnam. A particular focus was how the kinds of 'soft' skills developed in voluntary work are relevant to the way young people gain certain important skill-sets and abilities in an increasingly global job market.
Professor Jones' current research has returned to financial and business services, and considers in particular how globalisation in these industries is caught up in the rise and development of emerging economies, especially in Asia. At City, University of London, these research interests link to other groups within and beyond the School of Arts & Social Sciences. He has joined the Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass, where a collaboration with researchers was already in place. He is also a member of the recently established City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC), hosted in City's Department of International Politics.