Academic Profile

Helen Lawton Smith is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Dean at the School of Management and Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck, London University. She was previously a Reader in Local Economic Development at the Centre for Local Economic Development, Coventry University, and Research Director at the Regulatory Policy Research Centre, Hertford College, Oxford University. She is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Society for the Social Sciences, a Member of Council and member of the Events and Nominations committees.

She is the Founder and Director of Research at the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, and a Senior Visiting Research Associate of the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research interests are in the geography and management of innovation. She is the author of two books on technology transfer, the editor of seven books and has published over sixty journal articles and book chapters.

Current Research


Selected Publications

Publications are those that were listed on the old website. Publications database integration forthcoming.
  • Hilpert, U. and Lawton Smith, H. (eds.) (2012) Networking Regionalised Innovative Labour Markets. Routledge. pp. 206. ISBN: 978-0-415-68356-2.
  • Lawton Smith, H. (2006) Universities, Innovation and the Economy. Routledge.
  • Bagchi-Sen, S. and Lawton Smith, H. (2006) Economic Geography: Past, Present and Future. London, New York: Routledge. pp 206.
  • Abraham, J. and Lawton Smith, H. (eds.) (2003) Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Industry Palgrave.
  • Lawton Smith, H. (ed.) (2002) Regulation of Science and Technology Macmillan Press.
  • Preston, J., Lawton Smith, H., and Starkie, D. (2000) An Integrated Transport Policy? Ashgate Publishing.
  • Bradshaw, B., and Lawton Smith, H. (eds.) (2000) Privatisation and Deregulation in Transport. Macmillan Press.
  • Lawton Smith, H. (2000) Technology Transfer and Industrial Change in Europe. Macmillan Press
  • Jasinski, P. and Lawton Smith, H. (eds.) (1999) The Evolution of Environmental Regulation. Ashgate Publishing.
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Woodward, N. (eds.) (1996) Energy and Environment Regulation. Macmillan Press.
Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Published Reports
  • Lawton Smith, H., and Glasson, J (2005) Public Research High-tech Spin-offs: Measuring Performance and growth in Oxfordshire. Oxford: Oxfordshire Economic Observatory.
  • Lawton Smith, H., Glasson, J., Simmie, J., Chadwick, A. and Clark, G.L. (2003a) Enterprising Oxford: The Growth of the Oxfordshire High-Tech Economy. Oxfordshire Economic Observatory.
  • Chadwick, A., Glasson, J., Lawton Smith, H., Clark, G.L. and Simmie, J. (2003b) Enterprising Oxford: The Growth of the Oxfordshire High-Tech Economy. Oxfordshire Economic Observatory.