Peter is responsible for a number of large scale research projects and experiments that explore how human and machine intelligence can be combined to solve social challenges.

As the Head of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, Peter's work focuses on areas such as labour markets, health care and digital democracy.

His work also covers the role of digital technologies in public and social innovation, crowdfunding, smart cities, the collaborative economy and public innovation labs.

Peter has led 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 reports Understanding Alternative Finance, Pushing Boundaries and Crowdfunding Good Causes. He has also worked on developing a number of practical tools programmes for those interested in crowdfunding such as the Working the Crowd guide, the UK’s first online crowdfunding directory and the arts and heritage matched crowdfunding pilot funded by the DCMS.

Alongside this he has been involved in Nesta research projects on public sector innovation labs and led Nesta's research on digital social innovation. He’s published a number or studies this, including What Next For Digital Social Innovation (funded by the European Commission and i-teams: The teams and funds making innovation happen in governments around the world (in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropy).

Prior to joining Nesta Peter worked at the social enterprise Innovation Unit (IU) on projects focusing on redesigning health and social care services to enable coproduction for people living with long term health conditions. At IU he also co-authored the Radical Efficiency (2010) study which identified international examples of public sector innovations that deliver better quality outcomes for lower costs.

Peter holds a M.Sc in Politics and Public Administration from Aalborg University in Denmark.

Peter tweets at @PeterBaeck

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