Ben Spigel is a Chancellor's Fellow in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He studies how regional cultures, institutions, organizations, and people influence the technology entrepreneurship process. He is currently studying the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in the US, Canada, and the UK. He posts updates about his research on his twitter feed.

His research also focuses on regional cultures affect innovation and entrepreneurship in Canadian communities like Waterloo and Ottawa. On occasion, he he blogs about his research and other things

His previous work has examined innovation by 'low-tech' manufacturing firms in Kitchener, Ontario. Before that, he looked at networks of theater blogsin New York City along with some other pretty interesting stuff. His full CV is available.

It's not hard to contact him.