Professor Leigh Sparks

University of Stirling 4B11 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

I am Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. I was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and completed my Ph.D at St. David's University College, Lampeter.

I have been professor at Stirling since 1992. I have also been the Head of the Department of Marketing, the Divisions of Marketing and Business and Organisation, the Director of the Institute for Retail Studies and the Dean of the Faculty of Management. I am currently Head of the Stirling Graduate School and Deputy Head of the Stirling Management School.

In 2000-2001 I was Visiting Professor at Florida State University and followed that up by being Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee in 2006.

I am Editor of the leading European retail journal (The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, published by Taylor and Francis), and on the editorial boards of several leading marketing and business journals.

In 2002-2004, I was the only academic member of the UK Department of Trade and Industry's Retail Strategy Group. I am Chair of the Scotland's Towns Group for the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (2009 to date), one of two members of IDS Scotland Ltd, the company set up by Scottish Government to oversee Scottish Business Improvement Districts (2009 to date) and an office bearer in the American Collegiate Retailing Association.

In 2001, I was a founding member of the Academy of Marketing's Research Committee and was its Chair from January 2006 to December 2009.

I run a blog on Scottish retail matters (Stirlingretail.com) and am a Black Belt on the Brickmeets click e-commerce site.

A brief introduction and mini cv are available here.

Other academic activities

  • Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal
    Member of Editorial Board
    MeritBoard member
  • Service Industries Journal
    Member of Editorial Board
    MeritBoard member
  • European Journal of Marketing
    Member of Editorial Board
    MeritBoard member
  • Journal of Marketing Management
    Member of Editorial Board
    MeritBoard member
  • International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research
    ISSN 0959-3969
    MeritJournal editor
  • Journal of Marketing Channels
    Member of Editorial Board
    MeritBoard member
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