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 2016, Roma Makers, one of Italy’s first makerspaces, set out on an ambitious project to set up makerspaces within 20 schools in Rome. As part of our DSI4EU project, which looks at the growth of digital social innovation in Europe, we spoke to the co-founder of the initiative Leonardo Zaccone.
Peter Baeck
Zoe Romano
Thursday, 16 March 2017
We caught up with the first projects to receive grants through our matched crowdfunding pilot. What did they learn? How do you run a good campaign? And what are they doing next?
Peter Baeck
Friday, 3 March 2017