Dr Leslie Budd is a member of The Open University's Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise.
Leslie is Reader in Social Enterprise at The Open University Business School in the Centre for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PULSE) and a member of the cross-faculty research centre, The Centre for Innovation Knowledge and Development (IKD) ones of whose streams, Regional Transformation and Development, he leads. He joined The Open University Business School in October 2001 following two years at Brunel Business School at Brunel University. Previously, he was Senior Economist at the West London Training and Enterprise Council where he jointly set up the Research and Intelligence Centre, following a long career at London Guildhall University. Leslie began his career in structural engineering and switched to economics as a mature student. His academic career has been interspersed with research secondments in France and Germany working on the relationship between decentralisation and corporatism.
He is an economist who is well known internationally for his work in regional and urban economics in the context of the development of international financial markets. His current interests cover a range of issues that are centred, within an inter-disciplinary framework, on the region (both supra-national and sub-national) and its urban implications as the unit of analysis. Leslie has developed a line of enquiry in the development of the New Regional Management, investigating decentralisation of governmental functions and the impact this has on policy fields, for example innovation and entrepreneurship. He is Director of the Regional Analysis Innovation Knowledge and Entrepreneurship (RAIKE) Research Exchange.
Between 2003 and 2006, Leslie was Chair of the Regional Studies Association, one of the world's leading learned societies and was elected an Academician of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences in 2004, for his services to regional studies. He has carried out research consultancy projects for the London Development Partnership on the London economy; the Corporation of London on London's financial markets and those in the Middle East; the UK Small Business Service on the Regional Venture Capital Fund; the Gulf Finance House; Civic Arts: the Association of Consulting Engineers; and is an Associate of Capital Business Strategies. He was academic referee to the ESRC on the new Centre for Spatial Economics Research Competition and was a member of the Department of Trade and Industry Working Group development, the UK government Social Enterprise Strategy in 2001.
Leslie's current teaching includes Deputy Course Chair of Shaping public policy: contexts and processes (B856); one of the core units of the Master in Public Administration (MPA) and a course team member of Investigating entrepreneurial opportunities (B322).
Leslie's research interests lie in the fields of regional economic development particularly global and European Union economic governance with regard to international financial markets; eEconomy, eGovernance and eEntrepreneurship in relation to changing functional and territorial scales; public governance, policy and management. My New Regional Management project attempts to integrate the relationship between social enterprise and the devolution and management of governmental functions.