Franziska Sohns

Dr Franziska Sohns PhD, MSc (Dipl.-Geogr)

Senior Lecturer in International Business

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Dr Franziska Sohns

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Franziska joined the University of Greenwich in January 2018. In 2018, she was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Geography and Environmental at the University of Oxford. Previously, she was employed as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Cologne where she obtained her PhD in Economic Geography in 2017. Franziska is also a member of the Regional Study Association (RSA) and the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo).

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader: BA (Hons) International Business, BA (Hons) International Business with Language
  • Module leader of BUSI1359 and BUSI1694
  • Academic tutor: Global Integrative Project 2 (2019/2020
  • Personal tutor and dissertation supervisor at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • PhD student supervisor (possible topics – see research interests)


  • Franziska reviews for Small Business Economics, Spatial Economic Analysis, and the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.
  • In addition, she is engaged in different consultancy projects, advising a range of public bodies.

Research / Scholarly interests

Franziska's main research interests focus on economic decision making processes under uncertainty, in particular in times of changing institutional and political settings. As an economic geographer, she is particularly interested in how the behaviour of economic actors shapes regional economic development and how the behaviour of economic actors is influenced by regional characteristics. Using quantitative methods, she works on four main domains of research:

1. Economic Geography

2. Entrepreneurship and Innovation

3. Developing Economies

4. Economic Implications of Institutional and Political Change