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Professor Nick Wilson

Professor Nick Wilson

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Professor of Culture & Creativity

Head of Department, Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI).

Research subject areas

  • Creative
  • Culture
  • Media

Contact details


Nick Wilson joined CMCI in 2009. He was previously Principal Lecturer in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Kingston University. Nick studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal College of Music, London and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, going on to work as a freelance musician. Nick has published widely on art, creativity, early music, small business management and entrepreneurship. His most recent book The Space that Separates: A Realist Theory of Art (Routledge, 2020) introduces aesthetic critical realism and living artfully. Between 2019 and 2022 Nick led a work package on rethinking growth in creative economies, as part of the Horizon 2020-funded Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE) research project. During the COVID pandemic Nick launched research on cultures of care. He is currently working on a trilogy of books exploring curiosity and human beings’ desire for knowledge.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Aesthetic critical realism
  • Art-based learning and education
  • Cultural development – the expansion of people’s opportunities to recognise and explore what matters to them
  • Cultures of care – the cultures we reproduce and transform everyday that enable us to care and be cared for (with a particular focus on the role of art and creativity)
  • Curiosity studies

For more details, please see Nick’s full research profile.


Nick’s teaching is strongly influenced by his research, and explores creativity, care, cultural management and art based learning and education. Nick founded the MA Arts & Cultural Management in 2014 at King's College London and played a leading role in the development of the BA Culture, Media & Creative Industries that launched in 2020. He currently teaches modules relating to creativity, care and arts and management, and supervises students at all levels.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Nick is a Board member of the Centre for Critical Realism (CCR) which has editorial responsibility for the Routledge Studies in Critical Realism series. He is an Associate Member of the Small Business Research Centre (Kingston Business School).

Nick’s personal website is