Professor Neil  Lee

Professor Neil Lee

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Economic Geography

About me

Neil is a Professor of Economic Geography at LSE. He is also Director of the BSc in Geography with Economics.

He joined the Department in 2013, having previously been Head of Socio-Economic Research at The Work Foundation, a think-tank.

He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from LSE and was a visiting scholar at TCLab, Columbia University. He has also been Visiting Professor at Science Po Toulouse.

His research considers economic development, innovation, public policy, and inequality. Recent studies have considered the impact of high-technology sectors on low-wage labour markets, access to finance for SMEs in cities across the world, and new forms of innovation policy. Current projects include an investigation into innovation in Kuwait, a comparative study of innovative clusters in East Asia, and research on the geography of populism. He is also working on inclusive growth and inclusive innovation policy.

He has worked with public and private sector organisations including NESTA, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the UK government.  

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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, N. & Rodríguez-Pose, A. 2020. Entrepreneurship and the fight against poverty in US cities. Environment and Planning A [Ungated]

Lee, N. & Clark, S. 2019. Do low-skilled workers gain from high-tech employment growth? High-technology multipliers, employment and wages in Britain. Research Policy

Lee, N., 2019. Inclusive Growth in cities: a sympathetic critiqueRegional Studies

Lee, N. & Luca, D. 2018 The Big City Bias in Access to Finance: Evidence from firm perceptions in almost 100 countries. Journal of Economic Geography. [ungated]

Lee, Neil and Morris, Katy and Kemeny, Thomas (2018) Immobility and the Brexit vote Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. ISSN 1752-1378

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

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

My research