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Professor Michelle Lowe AcSS

Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

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Michelle Lowe is Professor of Strategy & Innovation at the University of Southampton.

From 2007-10 Michelle held an EPSRC/ESRC Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Fellowship, serving as a Member of AIM's Directorate and Lead Innovation Fellow. She was also, from 2008 to 2013, Deputy Director of the ESRC Retail Industry Business Engagement Network (RIBEN) – a cross-university, cross-disciplinary initiative involving the Universities of Southampton, Leeds and Oxford.

Michelle graduated with 1st Class Honours from the University of Birmingham and then took her PhD at the University of Cambridge (St Catharine's College). She has held academic posts as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Geography at the Universities of Reading, Birmingham and Southampton and was Professor of Retail Management at the University of Surrey (2004-2011). She has held visiting academic positions in New Zealand and Canada.

Michelle's research has focused on service industry innovation, spaces of consumption, local economic development and service work (see for example her first book Servicing the Middle Classes (1994) with Nicky Gregson). Those interests - concerned with the importance of services in local economic change and with the future shape and form of the UK's urban landscape - culminated in her internationally recognized expertise in the area of retailing and consumption (see for example her books – Retailing, Consumption and Capital (1996) and Reading Retail (2002), with Neil Wrigley, and Commercial Cultures (2000) with Peter Jackson, Danny Miller and Frank Mort.

Michelle’s AIM-funded research centred on the innovative dimensions of the market entry of Tesco into the USA. More widely, Michelle has worked on related issues in her studies of the growth of 'convenience culture' in UK food retailing, the contribution of the UK retail sector to the post-economic crisis UK growth agenda, and ‘hidden’ innovation in the UK service industries, and she regularly presents on these themes. Currently, and building on her service industry and consumption-spaces expertise, Michelle is examining the spread of innovation in the UK hospitality (specifically boutique hotels) industry, and is Co-Investigator (with Professor Neil Wrigley FBA at the University of Southampton) of a study of the future of the UK high street which will look forward 25 years from the recent Portas Review.

Research interests

 

Michelle's work within geography spanned issues of local economic development and service work (see for example her book with Nicky Gregson Servicing the Middle Classes (1994)). Those interests - concerned with the importance of services in local economic change and with the future shape and form of the UK's urban landscape - culminated in her internationally recognized expertise in the area of retailing and consumption (see for example her books - Retailing Consumption and Capital (1996) and Reading Retail (2002), with Neil Wrigley, and Commercial Cultures (2000) with Peter Jackson, Danny Miller and Frank Mort.

Her recent AIM-funded work has centred on the innovative dimensions of the market entry of Tesco into the USA - research which has produced some well known papers and a AIM sponsored film. Additionally, she has worked on the growth of 'convenience culture' in UK food retailing, and the contribution of the UK retail sector more widely to the post-economic crisis UK growth agenda. Michelle has presented on this theme to the UK~IRC (UK Innovation Research Centre located at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge). Michelle's most recent project builds on her service expertise to examine the spread of innovation in the hospitality (specifically boutique hotels) industry.

Michelle's PhD supervision experience has largely focused on service sector - and specifically retail sector topics but she is keen to expand this to wider strategy and innovation issues across business and management.

 

 

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Professor Michelle Lowe
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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