Staff profile

Dr Nicola Lynch

Head of Economics and Finance Discipline

Dr Nicola Lynch




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Head of the Economics and Finance discipline, which means I get to work with an exciting and vibrant team each day who thrive on providing our students with the best experience at Derby and who excel in their areas of research. I believe in providing our students with a unique and invaluable learning experience, which is founded on the principles of respect, trust and integrity. I believe in providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally as they progress through their studies here at Derby.

Teaching responsibilities

Within the Economics and Finance division, I am responsible for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These include our Economics, Finance and International business programmes. These programmes are all applied in their nature and challenge the students to connect what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. Derby Business School has invested in a financial markets lab, which is a state-of-the-art facility that enables our students to access a wealth of economic, financial and business information. 

The development of such knowledge and skills enables our students to develop their graduate employability skills as they progress through our programmes. In fact, due to the various employability initiatives, the economics and finance team have developed over the years, the team won the 'Best Employability Initiative' in the 2018 Vice-Chancellor Staff Excellence Awards.

Research interests

I am an applied economist who researches on public policy issues. More specifically, my research is concerned with a number of interrelated issues such as industrial/enterprise policy development, economic development policy and policy evaluation (from both ex-ante and ex-post perspectives). My key area of interest is in business networks and examining their impact at micro and macro levels. I have a great passion for my research and love applying theory to practice. I also enjoy working with my research students to develop their research interests.

Masters students

Annually, I supervise a number of MSc student dissertations. The MSc students that I supervise are from our MSc International Business programmes and there is an international element to all of their dissertations. The topics are varied to include such issues as corporate social responsibility, networks and firm performance, regional networks, various aspects of international trade, and more recent projects examining the viability of outsourcing for accounting firms, as well as another, which is looking at prospects of trade for Pakistani SMEs to the UK.

PhD students

I have supervised one student to completion (2012-2016). The title of this thesis was "The necessity of capitalist crises: Theory and evidence from Greece, 2000-2012". I also currently supervise four PhD students. These research topics are interrelated in that they focus on the evaluation of various policy issues, including topics such as firm performance, behavioural additionality, low carbon, and the third sector.

As well as supervising our University of Derby Masters and PhD students, I also mentor students and academic colleagues who visit us from various research partners (e.g. from Mexico and China).

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Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

I am passionate about bringing research and teaching together and I am committed to providing our students with a high-quality education. The research I undertake supports my teaching and allows for a research-led teaching environment where academic excellence is combined with a friendly student-centred learning experience.

I am also keen on giving our students the opportunity to work on research projects with our team. In March 2016, I received funding from the University as part of their Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) to offer a bursary to a second-year student to work on a specified research project. This funding was used to offer a student the opportunity to work with researchers within the economics team on a project to examine the economic and social impact of the Buxton Festival on its stakeholders.

Opportunities like this help students develop their subject knowledge and skills, as well as developing transferrable skills that will help them as they progress through their studies into future employment.

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Co-authored books