Nicholas is a Professor of Criminology. He joined the University of Manchester in September 2013 and teaches in the areas of white-collar and corporate crimes, financial and economic crimes, serious and organised crimes, and criminological research. Nicholas has primary research interests in white-collar and corporate crimes of a financial and economic nature, such as fraud, corruption and bribery, as well as the organisation of serious crimes for financial gain, such as 'organised crime' and food fraud.
His research monograph, Regulating Corporate Bribery in International Business (Ashgate), was the winner of the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2015. Nicholas was also the winner of the US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium Young Career Award 2014.
In recent years, Nicholas has received prestigious funding to research a range of complex corporate and financial crimes: business fraud in the UK food system (ESRC/Food Standards Agency – Co-I), corruption in non-commercial criminal commercial enterprise (AHRC – Co-I), the nature and governance of bribery of public/private officials in the UK and the Netherlands (British Academy - PI), the distribution and consumption of counterfeit alcohols (UMRI and Alcohol Research UK – Co-I on both), the misuse of corporate vehicles in the concealment of illicit finances (PaCCS/ESRC/AHRC - PI), to undertake a Global White-Collar Crime Survey on bribery in international business (White & Case LLP - PI), the financial aspects of modern slavery with focus on financial institutions (N8 – Co-I) and a fraud vulnerability assessment of the milk supply chain in Eire (Food Safety Authority of Ireland – Co-I).
Nicholas obtained his ESRC-funded PhD on transnational corporate corruption at Cardiff University in 2012, has an ESRC-funded MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Distinction) from Cardiff University and a BA (Joint Hons) in Criminology and German (First with distinction in spoken German) from Lancaster University. Prior to arriving in Manchester, Nicholas was a researcher and lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He was employed primarily on EU-funded Project URBIS researching urban security, crime prevention and community safety in Europe. He was also employed on several other projects on diverse issues such as hate crime, social media analysis and Athena Swan.