Nick is a political economist at Keele Business School. He has extensive experience in public policy, working on questions of economic development, taxation, public financial management and regional policy for organisations including the European Commission and the UK Labour Party, as well as in developing countries and emerging economies. Nick graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a PhD in Government, and in his spare time he coaches an u8s football team.

Research and scholarship

Since returning to academia in 2018, Nick's research has focused on the politics, policy and economics of high-tech industries and knowledge-driven growth, culminating in the publication of his first book, Pursuing the Knowledge Economy: a sympathetic history of high-skill, high-wage hubris (Agenda Publishing, 2022). Current projects include research around the regulation of Big Tech and digital platforms, the geopolitics of climate change, and the impact of crises on different varieties of contemporary capitalism.

Nick also researches taxation and comparative fiscal policy, with a particular focus on inequality and wealth, and he was a contributor to the 2020 Wealth Tax Commission. He has been interviewed by major media outlets including the Financial Times, and he has appeared on BBC local radio commenting on significant UK policy announcements.


Nick has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in economics, politics and public policy, as well as in the design and delivery of executive education programmes for leaders in the public and private sectors.

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