Lee, Neil

Dr Neil Lee  


Position held

Department of Geography and Environment

Lecturer in Economic Geography

Experience keywords:

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

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and CulturePolicy and Regulatory BodiesPublic Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

United States; Europe; UK

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream pressRadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5477


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Lee, Neil and Sissons, Paul and Hughes, Ceri and Green, Anne and Atfield, Gaby and Adam, Duncan and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2014) Cities, growth and poverty: evidence review Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, UK. ISBN 9781859359976

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2014) Creativity, cities and innovation Environment and Planning A, 46. 1139-1159. ISSN 0308-518X

Lee, Neil (2014) The creative industries and urban economic growth in the UK Environment and Planning A, 46 (2). 455-470. ISSN 0308-518X

Lee, Neil and Drever, Emma (2014) Do SMEs in deprived areas find it harder to access finance?: evidence from the UK small business survey Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 26 (3-4). 337-356. ISSN 0898-5626

Brown, Ross and Lee, Neil (2014) Funding issues confronting high growth SMEs in the UK ICAS, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781909883055


Lee, Neil and Cowling, Mark (2013) Do rural firms perceive different obstacles to growth? Evidence from UK SMEs Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. ISSN 0263-774X

Bakhshi, Hasan and Lee, Neil and Mateos-Garcia, Juan (2013) Capital of culture? An econometric analysis of the relationship between arts and cultural clusters, wages and the creative economy in English cities In: Rushton, Michael, (ed.) Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development. Brookings Institution Press, Washington, USA, 190-216. ISBN 978081572473-5

Lee, Neil and Sameen, Hiba and Martin, Lloyd (2013) Credit and the crisis: access to finance for innovative small firms Big Innovation Centre, London.

Lee, Neil and Drever, Emma (2013) The creative industries, creative occupations and innovation in London European Planning Studies, 21 (12). 1977-1997. ISSN 0965-4313

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2013) Original innovation, learnt innovation and cities: evidence from UK SMEs Urban Studies, 50 (9). 1742-1759. ISSN 1742-1759

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2013) Creativity, cities and innovation: evidence from UK SMEs Nesta working papers series, Nesta.

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2013) Innovation and spatial inequality in Europe and USA Journal of Economic Geography, 13 (1). 1-22. ISSN 1468-2702

Lee, Neil and Nathan, Max (2013) Cultural diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship: firm-level evidence from London Economic Geography, 89 (4). 367-394. ISSN 0013-0095


Sameen, Hiba and Lee, Neil (2012) An econometric analysis of the UKTI reputation in overseas markets survey Department for Business Innovation & Skills, London.

Crowley, Lizzie and Balaram, Brhmie and Lee, Neil (2012) People or place? Urban policy in an age of austerity The Work Foundation, London.

Lee, Neil and Sissons, Paul and Balaram, Bhrmie and Jones, Katy and Cominetti, Nye (2012) Short-term crisis - long-term problem? Addressing the youth employment challenge The Work Foundation, London.

Lee, Neil (2012) Grim down south? The determinants of unemployment increases in British cities in the 2008–2009 recession Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

Hutton, Will and Lee, Neil (2012) The city and the cities: finance, ownership and the geography of recession Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 5 (3). 325-337. ISSN 1752-1378

Cominetti, Nye and Crowley, Lizzie and Lee, Neil (2012) The business of cities: the private sector, local enterprise partnerships and growth The Work Foundation, London.

Lee, Neil and Cowling, Marc (2012) Place, sorting effects and barriers to enterprise in deprived areas: different problems or different firms? International Small Business Journal. ISSN 1741-2870

Levy , Charles and Lee, Neil and Peate, Annie (2011) Ready, steady, grow? How the government can support high growth firms: a joint Cities 2020 and Knowledge Economy programme report The Work Foundation, London.

Lee, Neil (2011) Free to grow? Assessing the barriers faced by actual and potential high growth firms Nesta working papers series, Nesta.

Lee, Neil and Nathan, Max (2011) Does cultural diversity help innovation in cities: evidence from London firms SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0069. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK.

Lee, Neil (2011) Are innovative regions more unequal? Evidence from Europe Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29 (1). 2-23. ISSN 0263-774X

Lee, Neil (2011) Ethnic diversity and employment growth in English cities Urban Studies, 48 (2). 407-425. ISSN 0042-0980


Lee, Neil (2010) No city left behind? Urban policy after the recession Local Economy, 25 (8). 607-611. ISSN 0269-0942

Lee, Neil and Morris, Katy and Wright, Jonathan and Clayton, Naomi and Brinkley, Ian and Jones, Alexandra (2010) No city left behind? The geography of the recovery and the implications for the coalition The Work Foundation, London.

Jones, Alexandra and Clayton, Naomi and Lee, Neil and Wright, Jonathan (2010) Past recessions: What are the lessons for regeneration in the future? The Work Foundation, London.

Lee, Neil and Nathan, Max (2010) Knowledge workers, cultural diversity and innovation: evidence from London International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1 (1/2). 53-78. ISSN 2040-4468

Lee, Neil (2010) Obama’s urban policy Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (4). 349-356. ISSN 1752-9638


Lee, Neil (2009) The new economy In: Fagan, G. Honor and Munck, Ronaldo, (eds.) Globalization and Security: an Encyclopedia. Praeger Security International. ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, USA. ISBN 9780275996925

Lee, Neil (2009) The creative industries as a "distinctiveness strategy" In: Eckardt, Frank and Nyström, Louisa, (eds.) Culture and the City. Future urban research in Europe (3). BWV, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin. ISBN 9783830516408

Jones, Alexandra and Lee, Neil and Morris, Katy (2009) Recession and recovery: How UK cities can respond and drive the recovery The Work Foundation, London.


Lee, Neil and Schneider, Philippe and Brinkley, Ian (2007) R&D, ICT and productivity: an evidence paper for the Knowledge Economy Programme The Work Foundation, London.


Jones, Alexandra and Williams, Laura and Lee, Neil and Coats, David and Cowling, Marc (2006) Ideopolis: knowledge city-regions. City case studies executive summaries The Work Foundation, London.

Brinkley, Ian and Lee, Neil (2006) The knowledge economy in Europe: a report prepared for the 2007 EU Spring Council The Work Foundation, London.

Jones, Alexandra and Williams, Laura and Coats, David and Lee, Neil and O'Keeffe, Áine (2006) Enabling cities in the knowledge economy: an independent report prepared for the Department for Communities and Local Government European Urban Knowledge Network.

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