Lepu has strong international networks to support its work. The Editorial Board of Local Economy has a broad international representation, reflecting the growing global readership of the journal. Lepu maintains links with EURADA, the OECD LEED Programme and the International Economic Development Council (IECD). Lepu has worked in partnership with the Institut d'Administration des Enterprises at the John Moulin University in Lyon to run two international summer schools in 2009. Lepu partnered with the Institute of Real Estate at New York University in running the London New York Dialogues.

This gives Lepu the capacity to draw on good practice in economic development from around the world, to put together consortia for research projects, and to apply the knowledge of this extensive network of highly qualified individuals to its projects.

European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) 

EURADA is a network of 150 development agencies from across the EU, along with a number of universities and consultancy firms which have an interest in economic development policy.

David Walburn is member of the Executive Committee of EURADA and is the past President.

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 

The IEDC links with over 4,000 economic development practitioners, primarily in North America but also in other jurisdictions around the world. The US is a rich source of varied practice in economic development with its highly devolved system of government and taxation system.

OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) 

The Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) calls on an international body of best practice to illustrate how national and local policy can help communities create more and better jobs, implementing its mandate through a number of reviews within its work programme.