• 1713 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
1992 …2020

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Research Interests

Community finance, social investment, social enterprise; Entrepreneurship, enterprise, sectors, clusters, value chains ; Geographies of the economy, regional and local economic development



Professor Nick Henry returned to academe with Coventry University in 2013 and was subsequently promoted to Co-Director, Centre for Business in Society. This followed ten years as a public policy and evaluation consultant culminating in his position as Consulting Director, Economic Development and Economic Policy at ICF GHK. Nick is a trained economic geographer who began his career in the Geography Department of the Open University before lectureships at Southampton and Birmingham universities and a Readership in Urban and Regional Studies at CURDS, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. From 2003-2007, he combined his Readership with consultancy before moving to full time policy consultancy and a Visiting Professorship at Newcastle. Nick has long run, substantial and wide-ranging experience of directing and managing research and consultancy projects on economic and social development for a range of mainly public clients from local to European levels. This interest is reflected further in his supervision of a number of CBiS postgraduate students: Victoria Barker, Ryan Bushell, Jonathan Gunson and Cristiana Pace.

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Vision Statement

As an economic geographer, I am interested in how local and regional economies are ‘made’ by the diversity of economic processes and activities and the subsequent impacts on people, communities and places. Through my public policy work, I engage with how policy is created and applied to both shape and ameliorate economic and social impacts. My current work on economic development includes: entrepreneurship, enterprise, sectors, clusters and value chains (especially advanced manufacturing, motorsport and creative industries) and community finance (CDFIs), social investment and social enterprise.

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Research Output

Banking on lending: Data disclosure and geographies of UK personal lending markets

Henry, N., Pollard, J., Sissons, P., Ferreira, J. & Coombes, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Environment and Planning A. 49, 9, p. 2046-2064

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    112 Downloads (Pure)

    Scaling Affordable Lending: Case Studies

    Henry, N., Velthuis, S. & Morris, J., 25 Jun 2018, London: Responsible Finance. 47 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Scaling Up Affordable Lending: Inclusive Credit Scoring

    Henry, N. & Morris, J., Feb 2018, Responsible Finance. 25 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access

    An Assessment of Social Incubator Fund Outcomes

    Jugnauth, A., Dubois, M., Henry, N. & Leather, J., 23 Sep 2016, London: Cabinet Office, UK. 44 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    • 3 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership of working group

    Big Society Capital (External organisation)

    Nick Henry (Member)
    1 Mar 201811 Nov 2019

    Activity: MembershipMembership of working group

    European Urban and Regional Studies (Journal)

    Nick Henry (Editor-in-chief)
    1 Jan 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    European Urban and Regional Studies (Journal)

    Nick Henry (Editor)
    1 Oct 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    European Urban and Regional Studies (Journal)

    Nick Henry (Editor)
    1 Jul 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


    FBL Excellence Awards 2018 - Research Team

    Lindsey Appleyard (Recipient), Sally Dibb (Recipient) & Nick Henry (Recipient), 12 Sep 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Thesis

    Understanding varieties of arts philanthropy and Europe: a new framework

    Author: Gunson, J., Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Henry, N. (Supervisor), Ferreira, J. (Supervisor) & Winters, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy