About the PEC

We provide independent research and policy recommendations for the UK's creative industries.

Who we are

The PEC is led by Nesta, the innovation foundation, and involves a UK-wide consortium of universities. They are: Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Work Foundation at Lancaster University, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle, Sussex, and Ulster.

Our core research programme is focused on five key areas of Creative Clusters and InnovationSkills, Talent and DiversityIntellectual Property, Business Models, Access to Finance and Content RegulationArts, Culture and Public Service Broadcasting; and International Competitiveness

Our Director and Principal Investigator is Hasan Bakhshi, who is also Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics at Nesta.

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Our vision

The Centre provides a step-change for our three main stakeholders - industry, policymakers and the wider research community - in the quality of evidence for the creative industries. We consult industry about the challenges that the sector faces, from its limited diversity, to skills gaps, barriers to trade, and local growth in the sector. We put these questions to our UK-wide group of researchers, and feed the evidence and policy advice back to policymakers. This unique model ensures that our research and policy recommendations are relevant, and meet the needs and priorities of the people working in the sector.

Our industry and policy partners

We work with a broad and inclusive group of partners from across the creative industries, including the Creative Industries Federation. Initial industry partners also include Creative England, the British Film Institute and Tech Nation.

Our Industry Champions are a UK-wide network of trusted practitioners, drawn from all parts of the creative industries. The group provides us with guidance on industry’s most pressing challenges, expert insight to inform our research, and critical feedback on our policy recommendations.

Our International Council is a network of leading policy and creative economy practitioners from across the world, convened by The British Council. The group shares international policy intelligence and research opportunities, and acts as critical friends in reviewing and providing an international perspective on our activities.

The PEC is part of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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