Head of Innovation Mapping

Juan Mateos-Garcia


Policy and Research

Join Date

September 2008

What I do

I am the Head of Innovation Mapping in Policy and Research's Creative Economy and Data Analytics Team. I have 15 years of experience doing research to improve innovation policy and practice, increasingly using data analytics and data science methods. I am interested in using new data sources and methods to understand the emergence of new technologies, jobs, industries and clusters, and their connectivity in innovation systems.

I am currently leading Arloesiadur, a project to build a data platform to access, combine and analyse data to inform innovation policy in Wales.

Other projects where I have used these methods include TechNation 2016, several Nesta data blogs using new web datasets such as MeetupGitHub or Kickstarter, a project to Map the UK Games Industry using big data, and the Net Effect, where we used Twitter data and social network analysis  to measure connectivity at innovation events

Previously, I worked on a programme of research and policy development to understand the skills implications of the data revolution, Next Gen, an independent review to transform the UK into the best global source of talent for the video games and visual effects industries, A Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which proposed a plan to help the UK creative economy remain a global leader in digitised creative markets, and Creative Clusters and Innovation, which created the first geography of the British creative industries.

I am @JMateosGarcia in Twitter.



Prior to joining Nesta, Juan worked as a researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and CENTRIM at the University of Brighton. He remains a Visiting Fellow in CENTRIM.
Juan has a background in economics, and an MSc (with distinction) in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU.
Our new Tech Nation 2016 report, done in partnership with Tech City UK, combines official and big data to measure growth in the UK digital tech economy. It also shows the spread of digital tech into other industries, and maps the networks that connect UK digital tech businesses.
Hasan Bakhshi
Juan Mateos-Garcia
Thursday, 11 February 2016