Research Fellow, Creative Economy

John Davies


Policy and Research

Join Date

June 2013

What I do

John is a research fellow focusing on the digital and creative economy. He is studying activities at the intersection of technology & art, and social media data (sometimes simultaneously). Past projects have include using Twitter to assess networking events and Flickr to understand people's engagement with the built environment.

email: [email protected]

twitter: @johnardavies


Prior to Nesta, he worked as English Heritage's economist and led its Social and Economic research team. He has also worked for a leading economic consultancy and as a civil servant in a number of Government departments.

In a career that has taken him from from carbon markets to cartels and from Stonehenge to social media, John has worked on competition issues in a range of industries, been directly involved in the implementation of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), and analysed private pensions, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and investments in castles. He has also done some work on data visualisation.

John has undergraduate and master's degrees in economics from the LSE.