Nick joined the University of Leeds in August 2015 from the University of Sheffield.
His research mainly focuses on entrepreneurship and economic development, and he has particular interests in transition and post-conflict economies, as well as enterprise policy.
Nick is committed to developing his teaching through research, so that student learning is based on cutting edge concepts and evidence. He encourages students to think critically and facilitates independent learning by empowering student engagement. Nick believes in learning that is theoretically and conceptually grounded with a clear empirical focus that is both accessible and relevant to students.
Fellow (Higher Education Academy)
PhD (University of Sheffield)
BA Hons (Leeds Metropolitan University)
2015 – present: Associate Professor of Enterprise, Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies
2011-2015: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield
2009-2011 – Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Sheffield Hallam University
Nick’s research interests focus on entrepreneurship and economic development, including entrepreneurship in crisis economies, new born states and transition countries. He is also interested in enterprise policy and economic resilience.
Details of recent grant funding Nick has been awarded can be found below:
2016-2017 - Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship - Examining the role of the diaspora in fostering entrepreneurship and institutional change, £31000, PI
2016-2017 - British Academy - Entrepreneurship, ethnicity and place in post-conflict environments: Examining evolving economic development approaches in Bosnia, £9800, PI
2016-2017 - Research Council UK - Examining University-Business Links in Ukraine, £6600, Co-I
2016 - SAMS - Examining the links between corruption and entrepreneurship, £5000, Co-I
2014-2016 - EU H2020 - Startify 7, €1.4m, Co-I
2014-2016 - EU TEMPUS, Idea Lab - Fostering students' entrepreneurship and open innovation in university-industry collaboration, €800k, PI
2013-2015 - EU FP7 - ICT2B - Bridging the entrepreneurial gap, £490k, Co-I
2015 - Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council - Examining the role of HS2 in harnessing economic, development, £64k, Co-I
2013-2015 - ISBE RAKE fund - Promoting International Entrepreneurship and Micro Business Internationalisation: A Study of Soft Landing Zones, £10k, PI
2013-2014 - Sheffield City Region LEP - Inward investment in the SCR, £50k, PI
2013-2014 - Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - Entrepreneurial Entitlement, £12k, Co-I
2012-2013 - UoS Internal Funding- - Developing Entrepreneurial and Enterprising People, £5k, Co-I
2012 - HEFCE – HEIF5 - Logistics led growth in Doncaster, £22k, Co-I
2012 - UoS Internal Funding - Assessing the impact of the Sheffield City Region, £30k, Co-I
2011-2012 - HEFCE – HEIF4 - Economic resilience of the Sheffield City Region, £11k, Co-I
I am interesting in supervising PhD students on the following topics:
Entrepreneurship and public policy
Entrepreneurship in conflict and post-conflict economies
Entrpreneurship and institutional change
Migrant and returnee entrepreneurship
LUBS2045 Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice
LUBS5538 New Venture Creation
LUBS1000 Innovation and creativity in business
Director of the Research in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies (REES) group.
Programme Director for MSc Entrepreneurship with Study Abroad
Estrada-Robles, M, Williams, N. and Vorley, T. Navigating institutional challenges in Mexico: The role of social capital in entrepreneurial families. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Special Issue on 'Institutional Influences on Entrepreneurial Behaviours of Business Families, Family Businesses, and Family Business Groups'
Williams, N. (2018) Mobilising diaspora to promote homeland investment: The progress of policy in post-conflict economies. Environment and Planning C: Government andPolicy, accepted, forthcoming
Williams, N. and Krasniqi, B. (2018) Coming out of conflict: The impact of international experience on the entrepreneurial activity of migrants. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Special Issue on ‘Migrant and Diaspora Entrepreneurs in International Entrepreneurship’, accepted, forthcoming
Krasniqi, B. and Williams, N. (2018) Migration and intention to return: Entrepreneurial intentions of the diaspora in post-conflict economies. Post-Communist Economies, accepted, forthcoming
Brooks, C., Gherhes, C., Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2018) The nature of publicly funded innovation and implications for regional growth Reflections from the Sheffield City Region. Competitiveness Review, 28(1), 6-21.
Williams, N. and Vorley, T. (2017) Creating institutional alignment and fostering productive entrepreneurship in new born states. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Online first, DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2017.1297853
Gherhes, C., Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2017) Institutional Hysteresis in Peripheral Post-Industrial Places: Developing Local Economic Resilience through Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economicshttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-017-9946-7
Williams, N., Huggins, R. Thompson, P. (2017) Entrepreneurship and social capital: Examining the association in deprived urban neighbourhoods. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, accepted, forthcoming
Williams, N., Radevic, D. Gherhes, C. and Vorley, T. (2017) Corruption and entrepreneurship in new born states: Some lessons from Montenegro. South East European Journal of Economics and Business, 12 (2), 31-45
Williams, N., Huggins, R. Thompson, P. (2017) Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: Does the Relationship Hold in Deprived Urban Neighbourhoods? Growth and Change, Online first, DOI: DOI: 10.1111/grow.12197
Williams, N., Brooks, C. and Vorley, T. (2016) Hidden clusters: the articulation of agglomeration in City Regions. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, forthcoming
Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2016) Fostering Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Kosovo. World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, forthcoming
Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2016) Not just dialling it in: Examining cognitive-based approaches in enterprise education using a smartphone application. Education and Training, 58 (1) 45 – 60
Williams, N. and Vorley T. (2015) Institutional asymmetry: How formal and informal institutions affect entrepreneurship in Bulgaria. International Small Business Journal, 33(8), 840-861
Brooks, C., Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2015) The role of civic leadership in fostering economic resilience in City Regions. Policy Studies, forthcoming
Williams, N. and Vorley, T. (2015) The impact of institutional change on entrepreneurship in a crisis-hit economy: The case of Greece. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 27 (1/2), 28-49
Huggins, R., Morgan, B. and Williams, N. (2015) Regional Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Public Policy and Governance: Evidence from Three Regions. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 22 (3), 473-511
Vorley T and Williams N. (2015) Between petty corruption and criminal extortion: How entrepreneurs in Bulgaria and Romania operate within a devil’s circle. International Small Business Journal, doi: 10.1177/0266242615590464
Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2015) Creating and sustaining a model of community-based enterprise learning: a participatory case study of ready hubs. Community Development, DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1049281
Williams, N. and Vorley, T (2014) Economic Resilience and Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Sheffield City Region. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26 (3-4), 257-281
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2014) Beyond necessity versus opportunity entrepreneurship: some lessons from English deprived urban neighbourhoods. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 10(1), 23-40
Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Ketikidis, P. (2013) Economic resilience and entrepreneurship: A case study of the Thessaloniki City Region. Local economy, 28 (4): 399-415
Williams N., (2013) Entrepreneurship and the role of policy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(1) 1 – 4 Guest editorial
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2013) Supporting entrepreneurship in deprived communities: a vision too far? Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20(1) 165 – 180
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2012) Evaluating the socio-spatial contingency of entrepreneurial motivations: a case study of English deprived urban neighbourhoods. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 24(7/8), 661-684.
Williams, C.C. Nadin, S., Rodgers, P., Wapshott, R. Windebank, J.E., Williams, N. and Vorley, T (2012) Evaluating the participation of students in the informal economy: some evidence from a European survey. Journal of Economy and its Applications, 2(1) 51-65
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Regional Competitiveness: The Role and Progression of Policy. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(9/10), 907-932.
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2010) Tackling barriers to entrepreneurship in a Deprived Urban Neighbourhood. Local Economy, 26(1), 30-42
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2009) Enterprise and public policy: a review of Labour government intervention in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27(1), 19 – 41
Book chapters and Books
Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Williams, C.C. (2017) Entrepreneurship and institutions: The causes and consequences of institutional asymmetry. Rowman and Littlefield, London.
Williams, N. and Vorley, T. (Editors) (2017) Creating resilient economies: Entrepreneurship, growth and development in uncertain times. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
Huggins, R., Morgan, B. and Williams, N. (2014) Regions as Enterprising Places: Governance, Policy and Development. In: L. Pugalis, J. Liddle and J. Shutt (Eds) Enterprising Places: Leadership and Governance Networks’. Emerald/ISBE, London
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2013) Enterprise Support in Deprived Urban Neighbourhoods: Some Challenges and Lessons for Government Intervention. In: C. Karlsson, B. Johansson & R. Stough. (Eds.) Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions. Routledge, London, forthcoming
Huggins, R. and Williams, N. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. In: S. Carter and D. Jones-Evans (Eds) Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy. Addison Wesley Longman: London.
Peer-reviewed conference papers
Estrada-Robles, M. Williams, N. and Vorley, T. (2016) Dealing with institutional deficiencies: How entrepreneurial families support each other in navigating institutional challenges. EURAM, June 2016, Paris
Vorley, T., Williams, N. and Brooks, C. (2016) Understanding the role of anchor institutions in entrepreneurial ecosystems: An institutional perspective. Association of American Geographers conference, April 2016, San Francisco
Rodgers, P. Vorley, T and Williams, N. (2014) Informal Entrepreneurial Practices: A Study of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs in the UK. Academy of Management, August 2014, Philadelphia
Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Domi, A. (2013) Fostering Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Kosovo. Paper presented at 36th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, November 2013, Cardiff
Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Ketikidis, P. (2012) Economic resilience and entrepreneurship: A case study of the Thessaloniki City Region. Paper presented at 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, November 2012, Dublin, Ireland
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Social Capital: Examining the association in Deprived Localities, Paper presented at 34th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, November 2011, University of Sheffield, UK
Williams, N. and Huggins, R. (2011) Enterprise support in Deprived Urban Neighborhoods: Some challenges and lessons of government intervention. Paper presented at 14th Uddevalla Symposium 2011 on: Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and Transformation of Regions, June 2011, University of Bergamo, Italy.
Williams, N. and Williams, C.C. (2010) Barriers to entrepreneurship and the potential for development through enterprise policy in a Deprived Urban Neighbourhood. Paper presented at the RENT XXIV Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, November 2010, Maastricht, Netherlands