Office location Business School, Manchester Campus
Who am I?
Who am I?
Nick is a Senior Lecturer in the Future Economies Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University. With a background in public policy, Nick has worked on questions of taxation, public financial management, economic development and decentralisation for organisations including the European Commission and the UK Labour Party, as well as in the context of developing countries and emerging economies. He designs and teaches courses on policy-related issues for civil servants and public officials, as well as introductory courses on policy, politics and economics at the undergraduate level.
Nick's current areas of research include the knowledge economy and knowledge-based growth, so-called "populist" movements in developed democracies, and the politics and policy of taxation.
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD in Government, Harvard University
BA in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge
English (native speaker); French and German (intermediate)
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
Current Issues in Economics
Tax Policy Programme
MSc in Fiscal Policy and Economic Governance
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
NJ. O'Donovan (2017). Effectiveness of Tax Incentives for Venture Capital and Business Angels to Foster the Investment of SMEs and Start-Ups. European Commission.
NJ. O'Donovan (2017). The impact of Taxes on the Competitiveness of European Tourism. European Commission.
NJ. O'Donovan (2017). Reform of Rules on EU VAT Rates. European Commission.
N. O'Donovan (2013). Does deliberative democracy need deliberative democrats? Revisiting Habermas’ defence of discourse ethics. Contemporary Political Theory. 12(2), pp.123-144.