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Andrew Henley  BA (Nottingham, MA, PhD (Warwick), FLSW

Professor Andrew Henley


BA (Nottingham, MA, PhD (Warwick), FLSW

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 75392
Aberconway Building, Room B23, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I am Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics. My published research in over 60 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books and a range of book contributions, over almost 40 years, spans entrepreneurship (and particularly self-employment) and small business leadership and performance, regional development and labour economics. I have extensive experience in the leadership of externally funded research and national and international consultancy activity, including work with small business. I was School Director of Research Impact and Engagement from 2016 to 2021.

My full CV including full publications is here.

I am or have recently been involved in three  ESRC/UKRI funded projects, relating to the UK productivity gap and to understanding the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Co-Investigator and Wales lead: ESRC The Productivity Institute 2020-2025 and co-ordinator of the Wales Productivity Forum
  • Co-Investigator: ESRC/UKRI Addressing Inclusivity in the Spatial and Social Impacts of COVID-19 on the Self-Employed in the UK 2020-2022
  • Co-Investigator: ESRC Productivity Insights Network 2018-2022

I am a former President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), serving from 2021 to 2023. I also chaired the organising committee for ISBE's 2021 conference 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, and continue to advise Welsh Government in a number of formal and informal roles. I was 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, with £7m of EU funding.

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

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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


Teaching commitments

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


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


I am not currently accepting new PhD students for supervision.

Current supervision

Yuchen Feng

Yuchen Feng

Graduate Tutor

Ziyang Cheng

Ziyang Cheng

Research student