Personal profile

Research Interests

Football finance; Ownership of sports clubs; Economics of sports leagues; Competitive balance in sports leagues; Innovation in the automotive industry; Trends in Foreign Direct Investment flows


Andrew holds a BA in Business Management and an MA in International Business. His PhD thesis was completed at the University of Wolverhampton in 2014, and investigated the motives and consequences of Foreign Direct Investment entering the English Premier League. After completion of his PhD, Andrew worked as part of a research team evaluating the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) programme funded by the ERDF and managed by the University of Wolverhampton.

The research focused on evaluating the process of knowledge transfer between the graduate/University and the project company. Andrew also has a range of teaching experience in areas such as the Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, Dynamics of Multinational Companies, and the Global Business Environment.

Andrew has also contributed to local media coverage of the financial performance of Wolverhampton Wanderers. This has included appearing on BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM and Free Radio. He has also contributed to articles published in the Express and Star.

Vision Statement

My research interest in football is driven by a strong passion and interest for a sport which has undergone radical change in the last 25 years. This radical change has left a lasting legacy on the way football clubs are owned and operated with investors from overseas using football clubs as a method of displaying wealth or status. My research has explored some of these changes and the resulting impacts, but with the football environment constantly changing this is an ongoing process. For example, the impact of Financial Fair Play and even more intense competition in the television broadcast market will have further implications for English football.

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference proceeding

The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games: A case study of grass-roots sport clubs and the sport participation legacy

Thomas, G., Brittain, I. & Jones, A. 2018 Legacies and Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales?. Brittain, I., Bocarro, J., Byers, T. & Swart, K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 211-221 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

electric vehicle

The determinants of inward foreign direct investment into the English Premier League

Cook, M., Jones, A. & Fallon, G. 2015 Unknown Host Publication.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Foreign direct investment
Conspicuous consumption
1 Citations

The spillover effect from FDI in the English Premier League

Jones, A. & Cook, M. 2 Jan 2015 In : Soccer and Society. 16, 1, p. 116-139 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

direct investment

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Public Engagement Event

Electric Vehicles: Solving the rural mobility challenge?

Jones, A. (Speaker)
9 Nov 2016

Activity: Public Engagement Event

Press / Media

Consequences of transfer deadline day activity

Andrew Jones


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Financial impact of Coventry City's relegation to League Two

Andrew Jones


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Implications of Wolves takeover by Fosun

Andrew Jones


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment