Dr. Vladimír Pažitka

Dr. Vladimír Pažitka


Vladimír Pažitka is an Associate Professor in Banking and Finance at the Leeds University Business School. Vladimír has co-authored articles published in some of the leading journals in his field, including Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Journal of International Financial Markets, Small Business Economics, Urban Studies and Regional Studies. Prior to his current role, Vladimir worked as a Research Associate in Finance and Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Vladimir holds a DPhil in Economic Geography from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Finance from the University of Birmingham. During his time at the University of Oxford, Vladimir has worked on research projects funded by the European Research Council, Australian Research Council, Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation.


  1. Wójcik D, Keenan L, Pažitka V, Urban MA and Wu W (Forthcoming) Financial centre primacy around the world: International analysis based on mergers and acqusitions data. Journal of Economic Geography.

  2. Urban MA, Wójcik D, Pažitka V and Wu W (2022) Labor and control shifts: Financial services in the US metro areas, 2007-2017Regional Studies. 

  3. Wójcik D, Keenan L, Pažitka V, Urban MA and Wu W (2022) The changing landscape of international financial centres in the 21st century: cross-border mergers and acquisitions in the Global Financial Network. Economic Geography.

  4. Urban MA, Pažitka V, Ioannou S and Wójcik D (2021) The financial geography of resilience: a case-study of Goldman SachsAnnals of the American Association of Geographers.

  5. Pažitka V, Urban MA and Wójcik D (2021) Connectivity and growth: Financial centres in investment banking networks. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 

  6. Ioannou S, Wójcik D and Pažitka V (2021) Financial Centre Bias in Sub-Sovereign Credit RatingsJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money.

  7. Pažitka V, Bassens D, van Meeteren M and Wójcik D (2021) The advanced producer services complex as an obligatory passage point: Evidence from rent extraction by investment banks. Competition & Change.

  8. Hashimoto T, Pažitka V and Wójcik D (2021) The spatial reach of financial centres: An empirical investigation of interurban trade in capital market services. Urban Studies.

  9. Pažitka V and Wójcik D (2020) The network boundary specification problem in the global and world city research: Investigation of the reliability of empirical results from sampled networks. Journal of Geographical Systems.

  10. Cojoianu T, Clark G, Hoepner A, Pažitka V and Wójcik D (2020) Fin vs. Tech: Are trust and knowledge creation key ingredients in fintech start-up emergence and financing? Small Business Economics.

  11. Pažitka V, Wójcik D and Knight ERW (2019) Critiquing construct validity in world city network research: Moving from office location networks to inter-organisational projects in the modelling of intercity business flows. Geographical Analysis.

  12. Pažitka V and Wójcik D (2019) Cluster dynamics of financial centres in the UK: do connected firms grow faster? Regional Studies.

  13. Wójcik D, Knight ERW, O’Neill P and Pažitka V (2019) Investment banking centres since the global financial crisis: New typology, ranking and trendsEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

  14. Wójcik, D., Knight, E., O’Neill, P., and Pažitka, V. (2018) Economic Geography of Investment Banking Since 2008: The Geography of Shrinkage and ShiftEconomic Geography.

  15. Wójcik D, Knight E and Pažitka V (2018) What turns cities into international financial centres? Analysis of cross-border investment banking 2000–2014Journal of Economic Geography.

Working papers

Milsom, L., Pažitka, V., Roland, I. and Wójcik, D. (2020) Gravity in international finance: evidence from fees on equity transactions. Cambridge Working Papers in Economics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.61818


Research interests

financial technology (FinTech)

financial centres

initial public offerings (IPOs)

venture capital

international trade in financial services

investment banking networks


  • DPhil Economic Geography (University of Oxford)
  • MSc Finance (University of Birmingham)
  • BSc Business Administration (City University of Seattle)