Prof Nick Clifton 
Dr Nick Clifton Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Development
Department: Accounting, Economics and Finance
Room No: O2.46
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2041 7159
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Nick joined Cardiff School of Management in April 2009 from the Centre for Advanced Studies, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University. 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, the impact upon SME performance of involvement in local and cross-local networks, asymmetric devolution in UK and the design and delivery of economic development policies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the first rigorous European quantitative and qualitative investigation of the ‘creative class’, and the interaction between regional cultures and corporate cultures.

He has published widely in these areas, and has been involved in securing significant external funding from a range of bodies in order to pursue this research. Nick has recently been involved in associated research and consultancy projects for the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Scottish Executive, the WDA, the National Assembly for Wales, and the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA).

He has been an invited speaker on these issues for a diverse range of organisations including the University of the Basque Country, University of Seville, Local Economy Policy Unit, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Targeting Innovation Ltd, and Cardiff Unitary Authority.

He was a contributor to the Cardiff Council’s Economic Scrutiny Committee’s report into the impact of the Wales Millennium Centre, and to the Institute of Welsh Affairs 3rd Term Agenda: Policy Options for Wales - Economic Development Group. He received the best paper award at Copenhagen Business School's 3rd Annual Conference on Partnerships in October 2009 for ‘Network Structure, Knowledge Governance and Firm Performance: Evidence from Innovation Networks and SMEs in the UK' (with David Pickernell and Martyn Senior). Nick is also a co-organiser of the Regional Studies Association research network on Creative Regions (