Phil Leeson (1925–2004) was a development economist and Communist activist.
He was born in Barnton, Cheshire, was educated at Sir John Deane's grammar school, Northwich and between 1943 to 1947 served in the British Army (Royal Signals). After his military service he read modern history, economics and politics at the University of Manchester where he was to spend most of the rest of his working life as an academic lecturing and researching in the University's economics department. He also lectured for the Workers' Educational Association, World Development and UN Association meetings, and to sixth forms - on poverty, aid, debt, and foreign investment.
- Leeson, P.F.; Minogue, M.M.. Perspectives on Development: Cross-disciplinary themes in development. Manchester University Press
- Pat Devine (2006-05-13). "Phil Leeson: Development economist passionate about communicating ideas". The Guardian.
- Phil Leeson - Obit. at University of Manchester (Accessed Dec 2010)
- Kumar, V Anil (1990) Review of Perspectives on Development: Cross-disciplinary themes in development by P F Leeson; M M Minogue in Economic and Political Weekly, Aug. 4, 1990, vol. 25, no. 31, p. 1711-1712
- Martin, Michael (1990) Review of Perspectives on Development: Cross-Disciplinary Themes in Development by P F Leeson; M M Minogue, Contemporary Sociology: An International Journal of Reviews, Jul., 1990, vol. 19, no. 4, p. 538-539