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Dr Neil Lee

Dr Neil Lee

Head of the socio-economic centre


Telephone: 020 7976 3611

Neil is head of the Socio-Economic Centre at The Work Foundation. His team investigate labour markets, cities and enterprise.
He currently runs three major research projects for The Work Foundation; the Missing Million on the challenge of youth unemployment, Cities 2020, which investigates how cities can drive economic growth in the changing economy, and the Bottom Ten Million research programme, which focuses on in-work poverty and the geography of unemployment.

Neil’s recent research has included research on long-term youth unemployment, a paper for NESTA on the obstacles faced by potential high-growth firms and research on the geography of economic recovery. His research interests include labour markets, innovation and cities. He has published widely on issues around innovation and inequality, unemployment in the recession and the role of the creative industries in economic growth. His academic publications are listed here.

He has a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics and MSc’s in Local Economic Development and Quantitative Research from the London School of Economics, and a first-class degree in geography from University College London. He is a research affiliate of the Technological Change Lab (TCLab) at Columbia University, New York.

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Related Reports

The Gender Jobs Split: How young men and women experience the labour market
This Touchstone Extra considers how the pathways into work for young people vary by gender.

Ian Brinkley, Katy Jones and Neil Lee
01 November 2013

Inequality and Employment Polarisation in British cities
Wage inequality and employment polarisation – where employment is increasingly divided into high- and low-skilled jobs – are seen as important social problems, which a number of cities have attempted to address at a local level. This study investigates the geography of wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities, their determinants and implications.

Dr Neil Lee, Dr Paul Sissons and Katy Jones
07 May 2013

Initial Findings: Wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities

Dr Neil Lee, Dr Paul Sissons and Katy Jones
06 May 2013

Related Blogs

Mapping inequality in the UK labour market
Dr Neil Lee presents a summary of the findings from the latest report into wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities.

Dr Neil Lee
07 May 2013

Budget reaction on local growth: Some significant measures but major stumbling blocks ahead
Lord Heseltine’s review promised to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in pursuit of growth - but under every stone there are some nasty bugs.

Dr Neil Lee
20 March 2013

Census 2011: Skills are moving south
New evidence from the 2011 Census data on the geography of skills concerning. Better qualified people tend to earn more, so the geography of skilled workers is one of the main drivers of regional disparities.

Dr Neil Lee
01 February 2013

Related News

Wage inequality and employment polarisation
A video of Dr Neil Lee explaining the findings from the latest report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Dr Neil Lee
03 May 2013

What to do about youth unemployment?
Yesterday’s job numbers were grim. Young people, in particular, are having a tough time of it. Unemployment amongst 16 – 24 year olds is likely to hit a million soon. And an overlooked aspect of the numbers was the rise in young people who are long-term unemployed – an increase of 53,000 on the last quarter.

Neil Lee
13 October 2011

Finance for high growth firms: EIS and beyond
Brussels has given the Treasury the go-ahead to expand the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). By reducing the tax investors pay when backing high-risk companies, it’s designed to increase investments in them. The government argues the scheme will create more high growth firms: the seven per cent of firms who create half of all new jobs. It’s a big win for NESTA (sponsors of our Big Innovation Centre) who have been highlighting the importance of these firms for some time.

Neil Lee
26 September 2011