Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography John Bryson
Colleges, School and Institutes
, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands2019 → …
Design Council, Expert Advisory Group2016 → 2018
European Commission, Services and Internationalisation, Special Policy Committee2013 → 2014
Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Core Executive Group, Greater Birmingham Project2013
, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Core Executive group, Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)2013 → 2016
Higher Level Group on Business Services, European Commission2013 → 2014
Inclusive Economic Growth lead for the Bishop of Birmingham's Social Inclusion Task Process2012 → 2014
Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Climate Change Task Group2007 → 2017
Member of European Commissions's European Forum on Services in the Internal Market2006 → 2007
European Association for Research on Services (RESER)15 Sep 2004 → 15 Sep 2010
Elmhurst Ballet School in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet1 Mar 2003 → …
Sebright Educational Foundation1 Mar 2002 → …
ASTON REINVESTMENT TRUST1 Jan 2000 → 30 Sep 2015
John R. Bryson (BA (Hons) TCD, PhD Leic., FAcSS, FRGS, FHEA, FeRSA) has held research and teaching posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Cambridge, Wales and most recently at the University of Birmingham where he is Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography. He was Director of the Service and Enterprise Research Unit (SERU) and founder of City-REDI.
An economic geographer whose research focusses on understanding people and organisations in place and space and the ways in which place-based adaptation occurs including understanding barriers and enablers to adaptation. He has made significant contributions to understanding and explaining the complex ways in which production is organized through space and in place and via a variety of forms of enterprise.
Much of his research has focussed on developing an integrated approach to understanding city-regions. This includes research on property development and investment, financialization, infrastructure, knowledge-intensive services, manufacturing adaptation and innovation, alternative forms of innovation including end-user innovation, urban sustainability and resilience, air quality and environmental pollution, productivity, internationalisation, service offshoring and manufacturing reshoring, and innovation systems. One of his cross-cutting research interests including understanding rapid adaptation during times of disruptive and radical change. This includes citizen-led end-user innovation and the development of alternative solutions in response to private and public sector failure. This includes research on responsible citizenship and the role that responsible citizens can play in overcoming local infrastructure failure. It also includes a focus on resilience and the management of resilience.
Doctor of Social Science, University of Leicester
Office Development and the Regional City: Process Interest and Organisation
Bachelor of Social Science, Trinity College
Two Subject Moderatorship, Geography and Sociology
Fellow of the Regional Studies Association , FeRSA2018 -
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences , FAcSS15 Mar 2009 -
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy , FHEA2001 -
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society , FRGS1998 -
Willingness to take PhD students
I am interested in working with PhD students working on topics that engage with understanding the complex interrelationships between business, or organisations, in place and across space. This includes organisational and individual behaviour.