In the Business of Economic Geography

Overview mobility 1

Recent years have witnessed a noticeable migration of economic geographers from Departments of Geography (or Geography programmes more broadly defined) to Business and Management and related research centres.

The aim of this research project (2015-18) was to assess the scale of this trend and its broader implications for teaching, research and capacity building in Economic Geography, and its consequences for Human Geography in the UK.


Phase 1 of the project seeks to compile a UK database of former Economic Geography PhD students and/or Economic Geography Staff who subsequently moved into Business and Management from 2000 onwards. As a useful first step, colleagues are invited to email us at with any relevant destination data. All data will be treated confidentially with individuals anonymised in all written outputs.

This project is financially supported by the EGRG and RGS-IBG and focuses specifically on UK Economic Geography in the first instance.

Key Contacts: Mike Bradshaw (Warwick), Al James (QMUL), Neil Coe (NUS), James Faulconbridge (Lancaster), Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG).  With valued RGS-IBG intern support from Anna Geatrell (LSE).