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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 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. He completed his doctoral thesis on the emergence of the early music labour market in the UK whilst working as a researcher at the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University. Nick’s first monograph The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age was published by OUP in 2014. Alongside his commitments to cultural development and creative living, Nick is currently writing a realist theory of art and aesthetic critical realism.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Cultural development – promoting cultural opportunities (capability & democracy), solidarity (care), and connectedness (ecology).
  • Creative living – exploring creativity as a structured practice of care
  • (Critical) realist theory of art – reclaiming art and aesthetic experience for human flourishing
  • (Real) authenticity – historical performance in music

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


Nick founded the MA Arts & Cultural Management in 2014 at King's College London. He teaches modules relating to creativity, art(s) and management, and introduced the Arts Based Research Project as an alternative to MA Research Dissertation within CMCI. Nick's teaching is energised and motivated by a deep-rooted interest and belief in creative living - making, doing, thinking, expressing, experiencing differently in order to live as well as possible.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Nick is a Board member of the Centre for Critical Realism (CCR) with 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