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Dr Nicholas Dacre

Post:Lecturer in Project and Innovation Management (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)

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UK:01273 873794
International:+44 1273 873794

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Dr Nicholas Dacre PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Project and Innovation ManagementStrategic Innovation Management MSc Deputy Director, and the Innovation & Project Management Research Subject Mobiliser at the University of Sussex Business School within the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). Dr Dacre completed his PhD at the University of Warwick Business School with his research focusing on areas of Enterprise Gamification, broader aspects of Gamification, Digital Projects, and Innovation Management. Nicholas currently undertakes his research at the University of Sussex within SPRU's Technology and Innovation Management cluster, whilst collaborating with colleagues from both industry and academic institutions including the University of Warwick, University of LiverpoolAston University, and Henley. Dr Nicholas Dacre has published research, and presented at international conferences, including book contribution on gamification.      

Dr Dacre has shared his research as an invited guest speaker, is an external examiner, and has lectured at various UK and international institutions including the University of WarwickCity University of Hong Kong, and Keele University. Nicholas has taught undergraduate, masters and executive education programmes, and previously held the post of course director. Dr Nicholas Dacre engages his students by delivering dynamic lectures through game based learning, managing flipped classroom approaches, and by focusing on technology enabled active learning with digital pedagogy. 

Nicholas Dacre is a PRINCE2 Certified Practitioner with experience of managing substantial and agile projects. Prior to academia, Dr Dacre worked as a consultant focused on Digital Transformation Projects working with a range of Fortune 500 companies, startups, and non-profit organisations.


Deputy Director of Strategic Innovation Management MSc

Assistant Professor in Project and Innovation Management

SPRU Innovation & Project Management Research Subject Mobiliser 

Gamification, Project, and Innovation Consultant 

PhD Supervisor / Examiner

Guest Speaker

External Examiner

Community and Business

Dr. Nicholas Dacre advises businesses on innovation management and technology solutions, managing digital transformation processes, and the application of Enterprise Gamification with large and small startups. Nicholas also works with social enterprises, community based organisations and non-profits. Dr. Dacre has also shared his research in industry as an invited speaker.

PhD Students

Prospective PhD students please email with an outline of your research proposal.

Particularly interested in supervising PhD students focused on developing research on Enterprise Gamification, or broader aspects of Gamification using qualitative or mixed methods approach. Also open to considering PhD proposals on areas of Digital InnovationDigital ProjectsDigital Transformation, related aspects of ProjectsInnovation Management and Technology

Guest Speaker Invitations

For all guest speaker invitations including academic and industry requests, please email 

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