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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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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 1992 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)
92 Downloads (Pure)

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

Scaling Affordable Lending: Case Studies

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

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Financial products
Consumer credit

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

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Editorial 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)