Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Professor Andrew Henley

Professor Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development. He rejoined the faculty of the School in 2012, after eight years at Swansea University, where he was Professor and Head of the School of Business and Economics, and Director of the LEAD Wales programme supporting entrepreneurs in leadership development. His research interests cover small business growth and business optimism, self-employment choice and entrepreneurial intentions, informal entrepreneurial activity, as well as regional labour markets and the economic impact of housing market activity. His research focuses extensively on the analysis of individual longitudinal data. He also writes on economics and business ethics.

Professor Henley is a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute for Labor, Berlin ( He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Understanding Society, the UK household longitudinal survey, and was previously a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the British Household Panel Survey. In 2012 he was appointed to the Methods and Infrastructure Committee of the UK Economic and Social Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Between 2002 and 2012 he served as an appointed member of the Welsh Government’s Economic Research Advisory Panel, advising the First Minister of Wales on economic research. He is also a member of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Action Plan Panel. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a council member/director of the Wales Management Council.

He was previously professor of economics at Aberystwyth University between 1996 and 2004, and lecturer/senior lecturer in economics at the University of Kent between 1986 and 1995.


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