Career capital in global versus second-order cities: Skilled migrants in London and Newcastle

Andrew Kozhevnikov

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This study explores the impact of city-specific factors on skilled migrants’ career capital within the intelligent career framework. It compares global and secondary cities as distinct career landscapes and examines how differently they shape development and utilisation of three ways of knowing (knowing-how, knowing-whom and knowing-why). Findings from 82 qualitative interviews with skilled migrants in global (London) and secondary (Newcastle) UK cities explain the importance of cities at an analytical level, as skilled migrants’ careers were differently constrained and enabled by three groups of city-specific factors: labour market, community and lifestyle. By exploring the two types of cities in career context, this article contributes to developing an interdisciplinary dialogue and problematises careers as a relational and contextually embedded phenomenon. Limitations and recommendations are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-728
Number of pages24
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number5
Early online date29 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • career capital
  • global cities
  • intelligent career
  • secondary cities
  • skilled migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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