Dr Neil  Lee

Dr Neil Lee

Associate Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

+44 (0)20 7107 5477
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STC 6.01e, St Clement's Building, LSE
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Wednesdays 11.00-12.30
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Key Expertise
Economic Geography

About me

Neil is an Associate Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE. He is also Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development and the BSc in Geography with Economics. He joined the Department in 2013, having previously been Head of Socio-Economic Research at The Work Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the LSE and was a visiting scholar at TCLab, Columbia University.

His research considers cities, economic change and the social dimensions of innovation. He is particularly interested in the distribution of the proceeds of growth and the links between innovation and inequality. He has also published on the economics of the creative industries and the link between cultural diversity, innovation and urban economies. 

Neil is also Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project on private R&D investmest in Kuwait

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Expertise Details

Cities; Creative industries; Economic Geography; Enterprise; Inequality; Innovation; Labour markets; Regional and local economic development; Urban and regional policy

Sectors and industries

Creative Industries and Culture; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Selected publications

Lee, Neil and Luca, David (2018) The Big City Bias in Access to Finance: Evidence from firms perceptions in almost 100 countries Journal of Economic Geography

Lee, Neil and Morris, Katy and Kemeny, Thomas (2017) Immobility and the Brexit vote Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. ISSN 1752-1378 (In Press) 

Lee, Neil (2017) Powerhouse of cards? Understanding the “Northern Powerhouse” Regional Studies, 51 (3). 478-489. ISSN 0034-3404 

Sissons, Paul and Green, Anne. E and Lee, Neil (2017) Linking the sectoral employment structure and household poverty in the United Kingdom Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 1469-8722 (In Press) 

Lee, Neil (2016) Psychology and the geography of innovation Economic Geography. 1-25. ISSN 0013-0095 

Lee, Neil and Brown, Ross (2016) Innovation, SMEs and the liability of distance: the demand and supply of bank funding in peripheral UK regions Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (1). 233-260. 

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2016) Is there trickle-down from tech? Poverty, employment and the high-technology multiplier in US cities Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 106 (5). 1114-1134. 

Lee, Neil and Sameen, Hiba and Cowling, Marc (2015) Access to finance for innovative SMEs since the financial crisis Research Policy, 44 (2). 370-380. ISSN 0048-7333 

Countries and regions

Europe; UK; United States