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Nick Wilson

Professor Nick Wilson

Professor of Culture & Creativity 

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1052
King’s College London 
Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London
2.10 Chesham Building
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS  


Nick Wilson joined CMCI in September 2009. 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.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

Nick's current research interests focus on cultural creativity and everyday art; critical realism and aesthetics; arts-based learning and education (see nABLE); and arts and cultural management.  He is Principal Investigator for the integrated Get Creative research project, commissioned by the BBC, What Next? and the Cultural Institute; and 33 Thousand Everyday Artists (a 64 Million Artists project in partnership with the Cultural Institute).  His book The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age  was published by OUP in 2014.  Current publication projects include a monograph on critical realism and aesthetics for Routledge, a Handbook of Cultural Creativity and a Companion to Critical Realism.

Nick welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected Publications
    • Wilson, N. and Martin, L. (2015) Entrepreneurial Opportunities for All? Entrepreneurial capability and the Capabilities Approach. International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 16(3):159-169.
    • Martin, L. and Wilson, N. (2014) Re-discovering creativity: Why theory-practice consistency matters. International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity. 2(1): 31-42.
    • Wilson, N. (2014) The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age. Oxford University Press.
    • Wilson, N. (2011) Social creativity: re-qualifying the creative economy, In. Creativity and Cultural Policy, ed. C. Bilton. Routledge.
    • Stokes, D. & Wilson, N. (2010) Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship, CENGAGE: London. 6th edn. 

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


Nick is founding Director of the MA Arts & Cultural Management at CMCI.  He teaches on a range of modules on this Masters Programme (convening the core module Arts & Management), and the MA Cultural & Creative Industries. He is Department Education Lead and Chair of the Department Education Committee.


Expertise and Public Engagement

Nick is a Board member of the Centre for Critical Realism with editorial responsibility for the Routledge Critical Realism series. He is an Associate Member of the Small Business Research Centre (Kingston Business School), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nick's personal website is

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