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The GOTSU team

Neil Coe

Neil M. Coe is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of global production networks and local economic development; the geographies of local and transnational labour markets; the geographies of innovation; and institutional and network approaches to economic development.

These concerns have been explored through empirical research in a number of sectors across a range of geographies, namely: producer services, most notably computer services and temporary staffing in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific; the cultural industries, especially the film and television industry in the UK and Canada; and consumer services, particularly retailing in the UK, East Asia and Eastern Europe.

He has published a wide range of journal articles and book chapters on these topics, and is a co-author of Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the Geographies of Labour (Sage, London, 2003) and Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Wiley, Hoboken, 2013). 

Bryony Enright

Bryony is a postgraduate student in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Her research is on the role of temporary staffing agencies in the local labour market. She explores the impact of agencies on temporary workers, employment norms and labour market functioning. The research takes place in Birmingham and comprises of interviews with owners/managers of agencies and their clients.

Jennifer Ferreira

Jennifer is a researcher in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University.

She completed her PhD researching the institutional context of temporary staffing focusing on the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic as part of an ESRC CASE studentship in partnership with the Adecco Institute in 2013. Her research interests relate to varieties of capitalism, labour markets, employment intermediaries and employment regulation as well as broader issues of local economic development and governance.  

Jennifer Johns

Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Management School.

Her research interests are broadly concerned with international business and the unevenness of processes of globalisation. Using network approaches to economic development, her research has focused on the cultural industries and geographies of atypical labour.

Empirical research has been conducted in Central and Eastern Europe, North America, East Asia, Australia and Europe. She has published a range of journal articles and book chapters on these research areas.

Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward is a Professor in Human Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester.

His research interests are two-fold: first, the changing geographies of work and employment, in particular with reference to the relationships between globalisation, economic and social restructuring and the reorganization of labour markets and, second, the changing geographies of the state, in particular with reference to urban and regional governance and economic and social well-being. He has written a wide range of journal articles, book chapters and books on these issues.

Jennifer Watts

Jennifer is a researcher and teaching assistant in the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester.

She graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006 with a first class degree in Combined Honours (Geography, Egyptology and History), and completed a PGCE in Secondary Geography at the University of Leicester in 2007.

Jennifer was awarded a scholarship from the Population Investigation Council to complete a MA in Population Studies (Research Methods) at the University of Liverpool which she graduated from with distinction in 2008.

She completed a PhD researching the institutional context of temporary staffing as part of an ESRC CASE studentship with in partnership with the Adecco Institute in 2013. Her research interests relate to varieties of capitalism, different national labour markets, employment intermediaries, intermediation and regulation. 

Affiliates

Ghada Ahmed

Ghada is a Research Associate at Duke University's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC)

Chris Benner

Chris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California-Davis.

Iain Campbell

Iain is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR), RMIT University.

Sylvi Endresen

Sylvi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.

Bryony Enright

Bryony is a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) at the University of Birmingham.

Chris Forde

Chris is Professor of Employment Studies in Leeds Business School, University of Leeds.

Shane Godfrey

Shane is a Senior Researcher in the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP) at the Institute of Development of Labour Law, University of Cape Town.

Jun Imai

Jun Imai is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University.

Bas Koene

Bas is in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Erasmus University.

Denis Pennel

Denis is the Managing Director of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CIETT).

Jamie Peck

Jamie is Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia.

Karen Shire

Karen is Professor of Comparative Sociology and Japanese Society, Universität Duisberg Essen.

Nik Theodore

Nik is Professor in Urban Planning and Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED), University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jan Theron

Jan is co-ordinator of the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP) at the Institute of Development of Labour Law, University of Cape Town.

Leah Vosko

Leah is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy and Professor of Political Science, York University.