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Dr Nicholas Dacre

Post:Associate Faculty (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Personal homepage:dacre.xyz

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UK:01273 873794
International:+44 1273 873794

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Dr Nicholas Dacre PhD, is a Senior Academic (SFHEA) in Project and Innovation Management, Strategic Innovation Management Director, and Innovation & Project Management Research Subject Mobiliser with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School

Dr Dacre completed his PhD at the University of Warwick Business School with his research focusing on areas of Enterprise 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, Henley, and the University of Sydney. Nicholas 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

Research Subject Mobiliser

Nicholas Dacre is SPRU's Research Subject Mobiliser (RSM) Innovation Management and Projects, working in collaboration with Professor Jo Chataway (RSM Science, Politics and Decision Making), Professor Benjamin Sovacool (RSM Energy), and Professor Andrew Stirling (RSM Sustainable Development). 

Director Strategic Innovation Management

Dr. Dacre is the Director of the Strategic Innovation Management programme in collaboration with Professor Joseph Tidd in Innovation Management

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Dr Nicholas Dacre is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and 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. 

PRINCE2 Certified Practitioner

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.


- Director of Strategic Innovation Management

SPRU Innovation & Project Management Research Subject Mobiliser

- Senior Academic Teaching & Learning (SFHEA)

- Assistant Professor Project and Innovation Management

- Academic Programme Project Management

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.

Research in Progress

"Gamification of constructive deviance in business: Are you a gamified innovator, maverick, slacker, or fraudster?", Dr Nicholas Dacre with Professor Joe Nandhakumar, and Professor Ian McCarthy
"Iterative Co-Creation in Mental Health Mobile App Development", Dr Nicholas Dacre with Dr Ahmad Beltagui, Dr Fiona Maciver, and Jamie Prangnell.
"Innovating Creativity in Digital Project Management", Dr Nicholas Dacre with Dr Leonard Raphael, Dr Gary Bell, and David Pontin.

PhD Students

Prospective PhD students please email nicholas.dacre@sussex.ac.uk 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

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