John R Bryson University of Birmingham

John R Bryson University of Birmingham

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Professor John BrysonProfessor John Bryson

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 5549
+44 (0)121 414 5528
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
John’s research is motivated by a desire to understand and explain the complex ways in which production is organized through space and in place and via a variety of forms of enterprise. Professor John Bryson is the Head of society, economy and environment research group.


  • 2008 – Head of Human Geography
  • 2005 – Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography
  • 2003-2008 – Senior Postgraduate Tutor
  • 2000-2008 – Postgraduate Tutor, Human Geography

Selected External Appointments

  • 2008 – Editorial Board, Applied Geography
  • 2008 – Distinguished International Scholar’s Fellowship, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2007 – European Founding Editor of the journal Regional Science Policy & Practice
  • 2007 – Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group
  • 2007 – Visiting Scholar, Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA
  • 2006 – Founding editor of the book series ‘Services, Economy and Innovation’ for Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton (US)
  • 2006 – Editorial Board, Service Business
  • 2004-2005 – Member of the European Commission, Enterprise Directorate-General, European Forum on Business-Related Services
  • 2004 – Elected Vice President of the Council of the European Association for Research on Services (RESER), re-elected 2008
  • 2003 – Governor/Director of Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • 2002 – Trustee, Sebright Educational Foundation, member of the Grants and Scholarship Committee
  • 2001 – Editorial Board, The Service Industries Journal
  • 2000 – Director of the Aston Reinvestment Trust, Birmingham; the UK’s leading Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), member of the Lending Committee
  • 2000-2008 – Distinguished Research Fellow, The Institute of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, Norway


2006 – The Halcrow Prize for a paper published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (with Rossa Donovan and Jon Sadler, University of Birmingham)

1991 – Institute of Small Business Affairs Prize for the best conference paper (with David Keeble, University of Cambridge)