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Professor Andrew Jones

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Professor Andrew Jones is an inter-disciplinary 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 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.

His most recent books include Human Geography: The Basics, published by Routledge in May 2012, and The Economic Geography of the UK and Globalization: Key Thinkers, both published in 2010.


  1. Royal Society of Arts, Jul 2015 – present
  2. Royal Geographical Society, Sep 2000 – present
  3. Academy of Social Science

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Regional Studies Association, May 2016 – present
  2. Academy of International Business, Mar 2011 – present
  3. Association of American Geographers, Sep 2000 – present


Research areas

- Globalisation, particularly in relation to the nature of firms and work practices
- Financial and business service industries and their role in the global economy
- Voluntary work and its relationship to international development
- International labour migration and mobility
- Critical social theory and the relationship between politics, the academy and policy development
- Urban and regional economies and policy


Books (6)

  1. Jones, A., Ström, P., Hermelin, B. and Rusten, G. (2016). Services and the green economy. ISBN 978-1-137-52708-0.
  2. Jones, A. (2012). Human Geography: The Basics. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-57552-2.
  3. Jones, A. (2010). Globalization: Key Thinkers. Polity Press. ISBN 978-0-7456-4321-2.
  4. Coe, N. and Jones, A. (2010). The Economic Geography of the UK. Jones, A. and Coe, N. (Eds.), Sage Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-84920-089-9.
  5. Jones, A. (2006). Dictionary of Globalization. Polity Pr. ISBN 978-0-7456-3441-8.
  6. Jones, A. (2003). Management Consultancy and Banking in an Era of Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-98201-3.

Chapters (18)

  1. Jones, A. (2017). The corporation in geography. The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook (pp. 160–179). ISBN 978-1-107-07311-1.
  2. Jones, A., Strom, P., Hermelin, B. and Rusten, G. (2016). Introduction: Services and the Green Economy. In Jones, A., Strom, P. and Rusten, G. (Eds.), Services and the Green Economy (pp. 1–22). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-52710-3.
  3. Jones, A., Ström, P., Hermelin, B. and Rusten, G. (2016). Conclusion: The central role of services in the greening of the economy. Services and the Green Economy (pp. 297–308). ISBN 978-1-137-52708-0.
  4. Jones, A., Ström, P., Hermelin, B. and Rusten, G. (2016). Introduction: Services and the green economy. Services and the Green Economy (pp. 1–22). ISBN 978-1-137-52708-0.
  5. Jones, A. (2015). Globalization: Geographical Aspects. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 239–246). ISBN 978-0-08-097086-8.
  6. Jones, A. (2014). The organization of service business. Handbook of Service Business: Management, Marketing, Innovation and Internationalisation (pp. 225–241). ISBN 978-1-78100-040-3.
  7. Jones, A. (2013). Economic Globalization. In Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (Eds.), Introducing Human Geographies, Third Edition ISBN 978-1-4441-3535-0.
  8. Jones, A. (2012). Geographies of the Economy. In Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. and Sidaway, J. (Eds.), An Introduction to Human Geography Prentice Hall.
  9. Jones, A. and Faulconbridge, J. (2012). Geographies of management consultancy. In Kipping, M. and Clark, T. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-923504-9.
  10. Jones, A. and Faulconbridge, J. (2012). The Geographies Of Management Consultancy Firms. In Kipping, M. and Clark, T. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-923504-9.
  11. Jones, A. (2011). New geographies of global managerial practice: the case of business services. In Schlunze, R.D., Agola, N.O. and Baber, W.W. (Eds.), Spaces of International Economy and Management Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-35954-3.
  12. Jones, A. (2011). Immigration and the UK Labour Market in Financial Services: A Case of Conflicting Policy Challenges? Who Needs Migrant Workers?: Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy ISBN 978-0-19-958059-0.
  13. Jones, A. (2010). Immigration and the UK labour market in financial services. In Ruhs, M. and Anderson, B. (Eds.), Who Needs Migrant Workers?:Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-958059-0.
  14. Jones, A. (2010). Understanding mobility in professional business services. In Beaverstock, J.V. (Ed.), International Business Travel in the Global Economy Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. ISBN 978-0-7546-7942-4.
  15. Coe, N.M. and Jones, A. (2010). Introduction: The shifting geographies of the UK economy? The Economic Geography of the UK (pp. 3–11). ISBN 978-1-84920-090-5.
  16. Coe, N.M. and Jones, A. (2010). Coda: The UK economy in an era of Globalisation. The Economic Geography of the UK (pp. 253–258). ISBN 978-1-84920-090-5.
  17. Jones, A. (2009). Marxism/ Marxist geographies II. In Thrift, N. and Kitchin, R. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography Elsevier Science Limited. ISBN 978-0-08-044911-1.
  18. Jones, A. Economic Regionalization. In Paasi, A., Harrison, J. and Jones, M. (Eds.), The Handbook of Geographies and Regions Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Internet publications (2)

  1. Jones, A. (2004). Review of John Dunning & Gavin Boyd’s (2003) ‘Alliance Capitalism and Corporate Management.
  2. Jones, A. (2002). Review of Henry Yeung’s [2002] ‘Entrepreneurship and the Internationalisation of Asian Firms’.

Journal articles (30)

  1. Jones, A. (2019). Navigating Bulkeley’s challenge on climate politics and human geography. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), pp. 18–21. doi:10.1177/2043820619829921.
  2. Jones, A. (2018). Geographies of production III: Economic geographies of management and international business. Progress in Human Geography, 42(2), pp. 275–285. doi:10.1177/0309132516680756.
  3. Jones, A. and Ström, P. (2018). Asian varieties of service capitalism? Geoforum, 90, pp. 119–129. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.01.021.
  4. Jones, A. (2016). Geographies of production II: Political economic geographies: A pluralist direction? Progress in Human Geography, 40(5), pp. 697–706. doi:10.1177/0309132515595553.
  5. Strom, P., Alvstam, K. and Jones, A. (2016). Multilatinas and the growing service economy in Latin America: A Challenge for EU-Latin American business relations. European Review of Service Economics and Management, 1(1).
  6. Jones, A. (2013). Conceptualising Business Mobilities: towards an analytical framework. Review in Transportation Business and Management, 9, pp. 58–66.
  7. Jones, A. (2013). (Re)Conceptualising the space of markets: The case of the 2007–9 global financial crisis. Geoforum, 50, pp. 31–42. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.07.010.

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  8. Jones, A. (2013). Geographies of Production I: Relationality revisited and the ‘practice shift’ in economic geography. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities.
  9. Jones, A. (2012). Key Concepts in Economic Geography - By Yuko Aoyama, James Murphy, and Susan Hanson. Economic Geography. doi:10.1111/j.1944-8287.2011.01144.x.
  10. Jones, A. (2011). Theorising international youth volunteering: Training for global (corporate) work? Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36(4), pp. 530–544. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00433.x.
  11. Jones, A. and Murphy, J.T. (2011). Theorizing practice in economic geography: Foundations, challenges, and possibilities. Progress in Human Geography, 35(3), pp. 366–392. doi:10.1177/0309132510375585.
  12. Coe, N.M. and Jones, A. (2011). A new geography of the UK economy? Commentary on the publication of The economic geography of the UK. Geographical Journal, 177(2), pp. 149–154. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00387.x.
  13. Benner, C., Berndt, C., Coe, N., Engelen, E., Essletzbichler, J., Glassman, J. … Zook, M. (2011). Emerging Themes in Economic Geography: Outcomes of the Economic Geography 2010 Workshop. Economic Geography, 87(2), pp. 111–117.
  14. Coe, N.M. and Jones, A. (2011). A new geography of the UK economy? Geographical Journal, 177, pp. 149–154.
  15. Jones, A. and Murphy, J. (2010). Practice and Economic Geography. Geography Compass, 4, pp. 303–319.
  16. Jones, A. (2009). Proximity and Power within Investment Relationships: the case of the UK Private Equity industry. Geoforum, 40(5), pp. 809–819.
  17. Jones, A. (2009). Theorising Global Business Spaces. Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, 91(3), pp. 203–218.
  18. Jones, A. (2009). THEORIZING GLOBAL BUSINESS SPACES. GEOGRAFISKA ANNALER SERIES B-HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 91B(3), pp. 203–218. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0467.2009.00315.x.
  19. Jones, A. (2008). Beyond embeddedness: Economic practices and the invisible dimensions of transnational business activity. Progress in Human Geography, 32(1), pp. 71–88. doi:10.1177/0309132507084817.
  20. Jones, A. (2008). The rise of global work. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33(1), pp. 12–26.
  21. Jones, A. (2007). More than 'managing across borders?' The complex role of face-to-face interaction in globalizing law firms. Journal of Economic Geography, 7(3), pp. 223–246. doi:10.1093/jeg/lbm003.
  22. Jones, A. (2006). 'Engaging with economic geography in the "real" world: a central role for field teaching'. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 30(3), pp. 457–462.
  23. Jones, A. (2005). Truly global corporations? Theorizing 'organizational globalization' in advanced business-services. Journal of Economic Geography, 5(2), pp. 177–200. doi:10.1093/jnlecg/lbh039.
  24. Jones, A. (2005). Assessing international youth service programmes in two low-income countries. Voluntary Action, 7(2), pp. 87–99.

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  25. Jones, A. (2002). The "global city" misconceived: the myth of "global management" in transnational service firms. Geoforum, 33(3), pp. 335–350. doi:10.1016/S0016-7185(02)00010-6.

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  26. Jones, A. (1999). Notes from the Deck of the Postmodern Titanic: A Response to David Harvey. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 23(4), pp. 563–566.
  27. Jones, A. (1999). Dialectics and difference: against Harvey's dialectical ‘post-Marxism’. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 23(4), pp. 529–555. doi:10.1191/030913299676750977.

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  28. Jones, A. (1998). (Re)producing Gender Cultures: Theorizing Gender in Investment Banking Recruitment. Geoforum, 29(4), pp. 451–474.
  29. Jones, A. (1998). Re-theorising the core: a ‘globalized’ business elite in Santiago, Chile. Political Geography, 17(3), pp. 295–318.
  30. Jones, A. The Nexus of Professional Service Practices in Chinese Financial Centres. Regional Studies.

Reports (4)

  1. Jones, A. (2013). The South Korean ‘Free Semester’ Programme: Lessons from the UK Gap Year Experience. Seoul, South Korea: KRIVET.
  2. Jones, A. (2008). ‘Staff Shortages and Immigration in the Financial Services Sector’ in 'A Need for Migrant Labour?' Report prepared by COMPAS for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) (London: Home Office). London: The Home Office.
  3. Jones, A. and Hepworth, M. (2008). Business Services: A Key Sector of the Belfast Knowledge Economy. London: Geoeconomics.
  4. Jones, A. (2004). Review of Gap Year Provision. Department for Education and Skills.

Working paper

  1. Jones, A. (2013). (Re)Conceptualising the Space of Markets: The case of the 2007-9 global financial crisis. London, UK: Department of International Politics, City University London.

Other (5)

  1. Jones, A. (2013). Political Geography Entry in Encyclopaedia of Political Thought.
  2. Jones, A. (2012). Review of Aoyama, Y., Hanson, S. & Murphy, J. [2011] Key Concepts in Economic Geography.
  3. Jones, A. (2009). Jones, A. M. ‘McDowell, Linda’ Entry to Thrift, N, Kitchin R. & Hubbard, P. [eds] Encyclopaedia of Human Geography.
  4. Jones, A. (2007). Review of H S Geyer's [ed] (2006) Global Regionalization: core peripheral trends.
  5. Jones, A. (1999). Review of Manuel Castell’s [1998] ‘End of Millennium: Volume 3 of The Information Age’.

Other Activities

Keynote lectures/speeches (25)

  1. Conceptualising Green Business Services. Aix en Provence, France (2013). RESER Annual Conference (paper)
  2. Equity investment and the Complexity of Financing Global Production Network. London (2013). RGS IBG Annual Conference (paper)
  3. Translation, mediation or something more? The role of Chinese world cities in global managerial practices. Kyoto, Japan (2013). IGU Regional Conference (paper)
  4. The South Korean ‘Free Semester’ Programme: Lessons from the UK Gap Year Experience. Seoul, South Korea (2013). Keynote to South Korean Education Ministry & Policy Think Tank
  5. Understanding the Rise of Business Services in Asia. Leibniz Centre for Regional Restructuring. Berlin (2013). Invited Keynote, Leibniz Insitute for Regional Science, Workshop on business services
  6. The Global Asset Management Industry and China: the impact of foreign firms on local practices and institutional context. San Francisco, USA (2013). AAG Annual Conference (paper)
  7. The Rise of Chinese Business Services Centre for Urban and Regional Development (CURDS). Newcastle, UK (2013). Seminar, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies
  8. Economic Geographies of Volunteering. Newcastle, UK (2012). Keynote; RGS IBG DARG Workshop Development Imaginaries and Contesting North South Encounters
  9. Globalization, Cities and the Rise of Global Work. Lougborough, UK (2012). 14th GaWC Annual Lecture
  10. International Business and Economic Geography. Liverpool, UK (2012). Academy of International Business UK conference
  11. BRICS and Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS): A Pressing Theoretical and Empirical Agenda. New York, USA (2012). Association of American Geographers Annual Convention; with Patrik Strom
  12. After Relationality: Future Directions for Economic Geography. Seoul, South Korea (2011). 3rd Global Conference on Economic Geography
  13. 'Spatial Performances of Power in Global Finance: The Case of 'Sovereign Debt Crises' and 'Currency Wars'. Seattle, USA (2011). Association of American Geographers Annual Convention
  14. Reframing the Spatiality of Practice Communities. Washington DC, USA (2010). Association of American Geographers Annual Convention
  15. Global Managerial Practices in Business Services. Tokyo, Japan (2010). Association of Japanese Geographers
  16. New Geographies of Global Managerial Practice. Kyoto, Japan (2010). Spaces of International Management Symposium
  17. Capturing and Cultivating Expertise in the Sub-Global City: The case of Belfast. Manchester, UK (2009). RGS-IGB Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society
  18. Rethinking the Geography of the UK Economy. London, UK (2008). RGS- IGB Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society
  19. Telling 'Global Stories': Improvisation & local adaptation by strategy consultants in giving professional advice. Budapest, Hungary (2008). International Institute of Sociology (IIS) 38th Congress
  20. The Limits to Theories of Economic Practice. Boston, USA (2008). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
  21. Conceptualising Mobility in Business Service Sector Work. Ghent, Belgium (2008). Colloquium on Business Travel
  22. Overseas Gap Years and Emergent Transnationalism: training for global (corporate) work? London, UK (2007). RGS-IBG Conference
  23. Theorising face-to-face interaction in the global corporation - toward a conceptual framework. Beijing, China (2007). Second Global Conference on Economic Geography
  24. Theorising global economic practices: the ongoing challenge of using an actor-network approach. San Francisco, USA (2007). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
  25. Overseas Volunteering, Gap Years and Development: Making Sense of the Debate. Guildford, UK (2007). BSA Youth Group Gap Year Seminar