Dr Neil Lee


Associate Professor of Economic Geography

Neil Lee

Neil Lee is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment (LSE). Before joining academia, he was Head of Socio-Economic Research at The Work Foundation, a think-tank. He has held visiting positions at Columbia University and the University of St Andrews.

His research has included high-profile studies on the relationship between high-tech growth and living standards for low-skilled workers, research on innovation policy, and on the characteristics of high-growth firms. His clients have included the UK government, NESTA, Innovate UK, the OECD, and the World Bank. 


Expertise: economic geography; local and regional development; innovation; SME finance; technological change; future of work; inequality; labour markets; inclusive growth


LSE Consulting projects:

  • Modes of firm growth
    May 2016

    Client: Grant Thornton
    Authors: Neil Lee, Ross Brown & Teresa Schlueter