Professor David Brooksbank

Department: Senior Management Team

Office/Location: O2.35, Ogmore Building, Cardiff School of Management, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44(0)29 2041 6365


Staff Overview

Professor David Brooksbank is Senior Dean of Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Professor of Enterprise. David took up this role in 2012 following a period as Associate Dean responsible for enterprise and innovation in the school.

David has served as Pro-Vice Chancellor responsible for the enterprise and commercialisation portfolio of the university, enhancing the performance of all matters related to enterprise/entrepreneurship and providing strategic leadership to the academic Schools in this area. Now as Senior Dean, David leads the Deans’ Group of the university as well as providing strategic leadership to the School of Management.

David holds a BSc in Economics from Swansea University, an MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol and PhD analysing UK self-employment also from Swansea University.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufactures (FRSA), a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI) and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).


During a wide-ranging career at four universities, David has led and developed innovative new courses in economic development and entrepreneurship, including online and overseas. Now as Dean, David oversees the development and growth of CSM’s portfolio of courses and provides strategic leadership on the future direction of the school.

David continues to supervise postgraduate and doctoral level students and is a regular speaker at business events across Wales.


David has published widely in both professional and peer-reviewed academic journals on the subjects of economic development, self-employment, entrepreneurship and public policy. He has served on editorial boards and been a reviewer for many of the leading journals in his field. Highlights include directing the Welsh contribution to the world’s largest study of entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, for eight years, as well as attracting significant funding from public and private sector organisations to conduct applied research and consultancy over the last twenty-five years. He has a wide and active international network of collaborators, and his current research involves examining outcomes of both public and private-sector interventions in the labour market in Wales.

Key Publications

Selected, illustrative papers:

‘Evaluation of a Small Business Administration model for Wales’, (2015/6), with Clifton, N. and Pickernell, D.G., for the Federation of Small Business (FSB).

“The knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship: An application to foreign direct investment” (2012) with Acs, Z, O’Gorman, C and Terjesen, S., International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 15, No.2, pp237-261.

“A recipe for what? UK universities, enterprise and knowledge transfer: evidence from the Federation of Small Businesses 2008 survey,” (2010) with Pickernell, D and Packham, G., International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp265-273

‘Nascent Entrepreneurial Activity within Female Ethnic Minority Groups,' (2009) with Thompson, P. and Kwong, C., International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp262-281.

‘Developing a framework for network and cluster identification for use in economic development policymaking,’ (2007), with Pickernell, D. and Christie, M., Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp339-358.

‘Negotiating an Exception: Glas Cymru and the Politics of Regulatory Discretion in the England and Wales Water Industry,’ (2007), with Kay, A., and Pickernell, D., Policy Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp62-87.

‘Changing the Name of the Game? RSA, Indigenous and Inward Investors and the National Assembly for Wales" (2001), with Pickernell, D. G., Regional Studies, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp271-277.

‘The End of the Beginning? : Welsh Regional policy and Objective One’ (2001), with Clifton, N., Jones-Evans, D. and Pickernell, D.G., European Planning Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp255-274.

‘The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for Wales’, (2000-2007) for the National Entrepreneurship Observatory for Wales.

Other Projects and activities

David is responsible for leadership, strategy and all matters of day-to-day management of the School of Management (which educates over 3,000 students in Cardiff and 7,000 more across the globe) including line management of over 150 staff, budgeting and relationships with partners in the UK and internationally. He has served twice on the Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and was a board member and Vice President of the Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship for six years.

External Links

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufactures (FRSA)

Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI)

Vice President, Cardiff Business Club