Director, Creative Economy in Policy & Research

Hasan Bakhshi


Policy and Research

Join Date

October 2006

What I do

Hasan leads Nesta's creative and digital economy policy and research. 

His recent work includes co-authoring the Next Gen skills review of the video games and visual effects industries, which has led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT and computing curriculum in England, and the Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which sets out ten recommendations by which governments can help the creative economy grow.
Hasan has a particular interest in data and experimental research methods: in 2010, he designed and piloted in Manchester Creative Credits, a business support scheme structured as a randomised controlled trial; in 2011, he devised the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts which has been piloted in England, Scotland and Wales, and rolled out in a three-year partnership with Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.
He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, Film London and the British Film Institute. 
Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology, and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton for his work on economic policy for the creative industries. 
Hasan is a founding member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. Outside economics (and friends and family!), Hasan’s passions are cinema and flamenco. 


The government should consider what actions it can take to increase investment in the UK games industry, going beyond tax relief for games production. We call for Lottery funding to be channeled into the games industry, together with changes in R&D tax relief, and other measures to improve access to finance for the sector, including creating better information about its economic performance.
Hasan Bakhshi
Juan Mateos-Garcia
Friday, 21 March 2014
We kicked off 2012 with a post explaining why the DCMS’s creative industries statistics for the UK needed to be updated and placed on a more rigorous footing. We started 2013 with a post on our Dynamic Mapping research which proposed a methodology for doing just that, based on the finding that creative industries have high levels of “creative intensity” (the proportion of the workforce in creative occupations).
Hasan Bakhshi
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Having seven years ago moved from the City where the why’s – even if not the how to’s – of valuation seemed straightforward, to an environment where it is so contested, I think we both over-complicate and over-simplify the issues in culture.
Hasan Bakhshi
Monday, 25 November 2013