Head of Collaborative Economy Research

Peter Baeck


Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

June 2012

What I do

Peter focuses on the collaborative economy, crowdfunding, P2P lending and the role of digital technolgies in public and social innovation.

Peter lead much of Nesta's research into crowdfunding and P2P lending as an innovative way of financing products and services in the UK, and has co-authored the industry reports Understanding Alternative FinancePushing Boundaries and Crowdfunding Good Causes. Alongside this peter has also worked a number of practical tools programmes for those interested in crowdfunding such as Working the Crowd, the online crowdfunding directory, Crowdingin.com and the arts and heritage matched crowdfunding pilot.    

Alongside this he has been involved in Nesta research projects on public sector innovation labs and leads Nesta's research on digital social innovation
Peter has also delivered research and project management for People Powered Health (PPH) - a one year Nesta programme that, through a partnership with six UK health localities, explored how coproduction for people living with long term health conditions, can be taken to scale within health services. A particular focus of PPH is capturing evidence on the impact on patient outcomes and cost of health services by coproduced solutions. 


Prior to joining Nesta Peter worked for Innovation Unit, a social enterprise that designs, delivers and evaluates public sector and social innovation programmes.
Peter co-authored the Radical Efficiency (2010) research paper which identified international examples of public sector innovations that deliver better quality outcomes for lower costs. He also helped design the service blueprint for a new joined up service for reoffending drug addicts that involve users in the design and delivery of the service, for a London local authority.
Peter holds a M.Sc in Politics and Public Administration from Aalborg University in Denmark.
Peter tweets at @PeterBaeck
In May 2013 we launched CrowdingIn.com, the UK’s first directory of crowdfunding platforms. CrowdingIn was developed to help its users navigate what was then the relatively new and unknown world of crowdfunding, by allowing them to search for platforms by model and sector. Four and a bit years on and we have decided that it's now time to shut down CrowdingIn.com. Here we present some key insights from an analysis of data collected from the directory.
Jonathan Bone
Peter Baeck
Friday, 15 December 2017
The Boat Shed Pop Up will transform two derelict warehouses on Exeter’s quayside into a new creative venue for the city
Peter Baeck
Thursday, 3 August 2017