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Reader in International Business, University of Bristol

Dr. Jennifer Johns’ research interests are primarily concerned with network approaches to economic development and have two interrelated strands: industrial agglomeration local economic development, and geographies of innovation and entrepreneurship. Previous research projects include creative industries in the North West, temporary staffing markets in Japan, Sweden, Australia and the UK, and the global production networks of the video games industry. Primary research has been conducted in a wide range of international contexts. Her current research projects include a new British Academy funded grant on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and supply chains in the UK, US, the Netherlands and Germany and an interdisciplinary collaborative DIFD/British Academy grant on the Modern Slavery Act in the garment and cocoa sectors.

Jennifer trained as an economic geographer before moving to management. She works on research issues of inter-disciplinary interest including globalisation, the agglomeration of economic activities, entrepreneurship and innovation and global trade and production networks.


  • 2018–present
    Reader, Universityof Bristol


  • 2004 
    University of Manchester, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Modern Slavery Act: Clothes, Chocolate and Children
    Funding Source:
    DIFD/British Academy
  • 2017
    Global Production Networks of Additive Manufacturing
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Academy