Rethinking ‘attractive’ places? Creativity, culture and innovation in a globalised economy

Rethinking ‘attractive’ places? Creativity, culture and innovation in a globalised economy

​Rethinking ‘attractive’ places? Creativity, culture and innovation in a globalised economy
Professor Nick Clifton - Cardiff School of Management
Wednesday 4th February 2015
5.45pm for 6pm start
Lecture Theatre O1.01, Cardiff School of Management Building, Llandaff Campus​​


We are familiar with the idea of ‘globalisation’ in terms of the increased mobility of physical products; but this also relates to flows of knowledge, and both financial and human forms of capital (i.e. mobile people). At the same time, the pace of technological change and the insatiable appetite for innovation is such that both product and economic lifecycles
are shortening. This then is the context for advocating a more holistic understanding of the drivers of economic development, in which the interaction between what we can think of as ‘business climate’ and ‘people climate’ is explored.


Professor Nick Clifton

Nick joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in April 2009 from the School of Planning & Geography, Cardiff University. His main research interests lie in the fields of regional economics, small business and entrepreneurship, networks, business strategy, innovation and creativity. In particular, he is interested in how firms use networks to acquire knowledge and innovate, and the factors that influence the location choices of creative individuals. Major research projects have focused on the international knowledge-sourcing of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), asymmetric devolution in UK and the design and delivery of economic development policies in the UK, and the first rigorous European quantitative and qualitative investigation of the ‘creative class’. Recent work has also explored the interplay between culture and regional branding.

Nick has been involved in authoring more than 100 journal articles, conference and working papers, research consultancy reports, edited books and chapters. As well as a successful application to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), he has attracted support from a wide range of organisations in the UK such as the Regional Studies Association, Welsh Assembly Government, HEFCW, Cardiff Council, The Scottish Executive, and NESTA.

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