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Professor Andrew Henley

Professor Andrew Henley

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, Director of Research Engagement and Impact

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 5392
C09b, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics. My published research in over 60 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books and a range of book contributions spans Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Regional Economics and Labour Economics.

Co-Investigator: ESRC Productivity Insights Network (@ProductivityNW) 2018-2021

I was also elected in 2017 as a board member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and am chairing the ogranising committee for ISBE 2020 in Cardiff. I was until 2019 a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Strategic Advisory Network, and also previously a member and Vice-Chair of the ESRC's Capability Committee. I have also been a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Understanding Society, the UK's household longitudinal survey. Between 2002 and 2012 I served as an appointed member of the Welsh Government’s Economic Research Advisory Panel, advising the First Minister of Wales on economic research and policy. I have also been a director of the Wales Management Council. Between 2009 and 2012 I established and led the European Social Fund's LEAD Wales programme supporting small business leadership and growth across Wales.

I was elected to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017.

I am a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute for Labor, Bonn.

Winner: Best overall conference paper, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 40th Annual Conference, 2017

Follow me on Twitter: @AndrewGHenley


Education and Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Industrial Economics University of Nottingham
  • MA Economics University of Warwick
  • PhD University of Warwick
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Career Overview

  • 2016 - present: Cardiff Business School, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics
  • 2012-2016: Aberystwyth University, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development; and Director (Dean) of Institute of Management, Law and Information Science
  • 2004-2012: Swansea University, Professor and Head (Dean) of School of Business and Economics; Director, LEAD Wales programme
  • 1996-2004: Aberystwyth University, Professor of Economics
  • 1986-1995: University of Kent, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • 1985-1986: University of Warwick, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Economics
















Teaching commitments

  • BS1547 Introduction to Economics
  • BST621 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (executive MBA)

Primary research interests

  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • Small business growth and leadership
  • Regional economic development
  • Economics and ethics

PhD supervision research interests

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Individual labour market choice and self-employment
  • Small business growth
  • Regional economic development