Lisa de Propris is the Reader in Regional Economic Development in the Department of Management at the University of Birmingham. Her main research interests are: small firms and clusters; competitiveness in clusters and regions; forms of clusters and governance and innovation. In parallel, she has always been concerned with the role of the government and institutions, and has looked at policy implications arising from her work, including clus- ter policy, EU regional and industrial policy.

Across these themes she has made a distinctive contribution through her publications and her involvement in scholarly debate. She has published extensively in top-ranked journals including Journal of Economic Geography, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Urban Studies, European Planning Studies, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Journal of Public Policy.