Nikki James is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group. She received her Doctor of Education from The University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and her MBA from Charles Sturt University in Australia. James has developed and facilitated classes globally on Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership to practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students. Her research examines how emerging technology is used to support the development of 21st Century Skills. She is particularly interested in understanding which skills and mindsets social innovators and entrepreneurs need to make sustainable changes in the world. She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, holds a patent in a method for monitoring a learner through an experiential learning cycle and is a Senior Research fellow of Practera, an experiential learning technology company. Her work has been published in TechTrends and presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, International Society of Learning Sciences Annual Meeting and the Principles for Responsible Management Education North East Conference.


  • EdD Higher Education, The University of Liverpool
  • MBA, Charles Sturt University
  • BSc Health Science, Australian Catholic University

Selected Presentations

  • Jona, K., & James, N. (2021). Introducing outside experts into the classroom activity system in a work-based learning implementation: The mediating impact of instructor beliefs and perspectives on the learner experience [Conference Poster]. ISLS Annual Meeting 2021, Bochum, Germany.
  • James, N. (2021). Using system thinking models to embed technology into experiential learning [Conference Presentation]. National Society for Experiential Learning Conference. Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Jona, K. & James, N. (2021). To what extent does designing educational interventions for equity and access also make them more resilient to disruption? [Conference Presentation] Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium. Virtual.
  • James, N. (2020). Build real-world projects into your curriculum to help students develop their 21st Century Skills. [Professional Development Workshop]. Academy of Management Conference 2020, Virtual.
  • James, N. (2020) Help students link business outcomes to the SDG's using an experiential business project. [Conference Presentation]. PRME Northeast 2020, Virtual.