Economics and Finance


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Professor John Sedgwick

  • Qualifications: BSc (Econ) (London) PGCE (London) MA (London) PhD (London)
  • Role Title: Professor (part-time)
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844094
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  • Department: Economics and Finance
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I am a part-time Professor at the University of Portsmouth and Associate Researcher in the Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) at the University of Utrecht. I research into the business and economic history of movies. With my ong-term collaborator Michael Pokorny I have edited an anthology of papers on the subject, and published articles in Business History, Cinema Journal, Economic History Review, Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Applied Statistics, Journal of Cultural Economics, and Journal of Transnational Cinema. As well as having contributed numerous book chapters, I have also published a monograph Filmgoing in Britain during the 1930s and with Clara Pafort-Overduin and Jaap Boter published an article in the journal Enterprise and Society comparing Dutch and British experience of filmgoing in the 1930s.

Before my appointment at Portsmouth, I worked for 25 years at the Polytechnic of North London, University of North London, London Metropolitan University, where I taught Industrial Economics, and Research Methods, and at various times served as Economics Subject Group Leader, and Director of the Centre for International Business and Sustainability. He was appointed Professor of Film Economics in 2009 and then Professor of Creative Industries in 2011.

I became a Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2000-2001, a Menzies Bi-Centennial Research Fellow, 2006, and was the recipient of a British Academy Small Grant, 2006-2007. Also, I received funding to develop a Problem Based Learning approach to the teaching of economics from the Institute for Learning and Research Technology, in the form of Economics Network Mini-project awards, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. In 2007 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), and in 2008-9, Findustria, Bocconi University, Milan.


  • With Cathy Jurca (Caltec) I am researching cinemagoing in Philadelphia in the mid-1930s, working on business records housed at the Warner Bros. Archive at USC.
  • With Daniela Treveri Gennari (Oxford Brookes) I am investigating Italian cinemagoing in the 1950s.
  • With Thierry Rayna (ESG), Vlasios Voudouris (ESCP) and Richie Wallace, I am analysing a film consumer survey conducted in London's West End for evidence of consumer risk-taking.

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