Nick Wilson


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Biographical details

Nick Wilson joined CMCI in September 2009  and became Head of Department in June 2020. He was previously Principal Lecturer in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Kingston University, and founding Director of the Programme of Master's courses in the Creative Industries & the Creative Economy. Nick studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal College of Music, London and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, performing professionally across Europe and the USA, before moving into music management, working for a leading artist management and concert promotions company. After completing his MBA, he joined the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University as a researcher and lecturer, subsequently completing his doctoral thesis on the emergence of the early music performance labour market in the UK.

Nick founded the MA Arts & Cultural Management in 2014 at King's. He teaches modules relating to creativity, art(s) and management, and care. Nick's research and teaching is energised and motivated by his interest in artful living - living life with (a maximal) openness to relational / aesthetic knowledge (our energising emergent experiences of being-in-relation).  

In 2015-16 He was Principal Investigator (PI) for the integrated Get Creative research project, commissioned by the BBC, What Next? and the Cultural Institute, which culminated in the publication of Towards Cultural Democracy: Promoting Cultural Capabilities (June, 2017); and 33 Thousand Everyday Artists (a 64 Million Artists project in partnership with the Cultural Institute). In 2017 he was PI on a research project exploring the cultural learning ecology in Harrow, commissioned by A New Direction (AND), culminating in the report Caring for Cultural Freedom: An Ecological Approach to Supporting Young People's Cultural Learning. In collaboration with AND Nick then researched the Creative People and Places action research programme (funded by Arts Council England) in a project titled: "Creating the environment: What are Creative People and Places projects finding is needed in order to create a thriving cultural ecology in areas of low engagement / access / infrastructure?"  As Work Package 5 Lead of the Horizon 2020 EU funded Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE) research project, Nick's current research has been focusing on 'cultural development' - the expansion of people's creative opportunities; the development of a Cultural Development Index (CDI), and a needs-based policy approach comprising a New Culture of Care. His research makes interventions in respect of cultural capabilities; everyday creativity; care (and associated relational ethics); critical realism and aesthetics; art-based learning and education; and arts and cultural management.

Nick's first monograph The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age was published by OUP in 2014. Together with Dr Lee Martin (Warwick) he co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work (2018). The Space That Separates: A Realist Theory of Art (Routledge) was published in 2020. This introduces an argument for art and for aesthetic critical realism. Nick's most recent publication is the co-edited book A Modern Guide to Creative Economies for Edward Elgar.

In 2020, during the pandemic, Nick launched a research project focusing on cultures of care - This has so far hosted two network events and forms the backdrop to Nick's ongoing research interests, including a book project exploring uncertainty and not knowing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Realism

2014 → …

Board Member, Centre for Critical Realism

2013 → …


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