Ian Hargreaves

Ian Hargreaves

Chair of Digital Economy


Latest posts

The Creative Economy in Europe

Posted on 22 March 2017 by Ian Hargreaves

The Lisbon Council and Nesta has today launched The Creative Economy in Europe: Why Human Beings Remain the Economy’s Key Asset, a hard-hitting new policy brief which highlights the pivotal role of creativity and creative work in the economy.  Authored by Hasan Bakhshi of Nesta, President of The Lisbon Council Paul Hofheinz and myself, the policy brief highlights
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Creative Cardiff is one

Posted on 14 October 2016 by Ian Hargreaves

In its first year, Creative Cardiff has validated all four of our initial goals. We set out to increase quality and momentum between creative economy people in the Cardiff city region. The proof of that is in our growth in membership and on social media, but also in countless personal stories of individuals and organisations
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In search of the creative economy

Posted on 31 January 2016 by Ian Hargreaves

I get asked quite often about the range of research projects I’m currently involved in and how they connect to each other. It’s hard to give a short answer to this question, so I thought I’d share with you this article, commissioned by Intermedia – the journal of the International Institute for Communications. It draws out
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What is the creative economy?

Posted on 20 October 2015 by Ian Hargreaves

Q. What is the creative economy? A. It is the economic output of everyone who does an officially recorded creative job in (for example) the UK, as measured in the official labour force statistics. Q. How does the creative economy differ from the creative industries? A. The creative industries are a set of named business
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Here comes the digital state

Posted on 29 June 2015 by Ian Hargreaves

Plaudits have been flowing fast recently for the digital creativity achievements of Wales’ UK government offices. Companies House, based in Cardiff, has been working hard to turn itself into a digital database service, free at the point of delivery to data users. A few days later Matthew Hancock, Minister in charge of the Government Digital Service,
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Let us do more than entertain you

Posted on 21 April 2015 by Ian Hargreaves

A quick visit to Bath for an event organised by the Centre for Digital Entertainment proved a rich source of insight for the cross-over world of the digital economy. Run jointly by the Universities of Bath and Bournemouth, this £20 million project funds PhD students who, typically, are based in a company, but co-supervised by both
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Europe’s digital market

Posted on 23 March 2015 by Ian Hargreaves

A lively couple of days in Brussels last week – the highlight a Lisbon Council round-table with Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission. Ansip was for nine years Prime Minister of Estonia, Europe’s child prodigy in terms of its digital thinking and a model to which Wales should pay more attention, as I
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