Nick's main research interests lie in the fields of regional economics, small business and entrepreneurship, networks, business strategy, innovation and creativity. In particular, he is interested in how firms use networks to acquire knowledge and innovate, and the factors that influence the location choices of creative individuals. Major research projects have focused on the international knowledge-sourcing of SMEs, asymmetric devolution in UK and the design and delivery of economic development policies in the UK, and the first rigorous European quantitative and qualitative investigation of the ‘creative class’. Recent work has also explored the interplay between culture and regional branding. I am currently involved in a research project with colleagues at Cardiff Met looking at innovation, creativity and the use of ‘co-working’ spaces.
Nick has been involved in authoring more than 100 journal articles, conference and working papers, research consultancy reports, edited books and chapters. As well as a successful application to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), he has attracted support from a wide range of organisations in the UK such as the Regional Studies Association, Welsh Assembly Government, HEFCW, Cardiff Council, The Scottish Executive, and NESTA.