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Ian Hargreaves  CBE, MA

Professor Ian Hargreaves


Professor of Digital Economy

Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau a Diwylliant

Sgwâr Canolog, Ystafell 0.31B, Caerdydd, CF10 1FS
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The Chair of Digital Economy was created in October 2010 in order to support a cross-departmental research focus on issues arising from the impact of the internet. The chair is based jointly in Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.

Professor Hargreaves's interests include the impact of digital communications technology on: journalism, media, intellectual property issues and the creative economy.

In 2010/2011, he led a review of intellectual property for the UK Government, published in May 2011 as Digital Opportunity: a review of intellectual property and economic growth. The recommendations of this review have been adopted as the basis of Government policy.

In 2009/2010, he undertook a review of policy towards the creative industries for the Welsh Assembly Government. This was published in May 2010 and adopted as the basis for Welsh Government policy towards the creative sector.

In August 2011, the AHRC awarded £4m to fund the development of a creative economy knowledge exchange hub, centred at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Prof Hargreaves is a member of the management board of REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies) and responsible for its engagement within Wales.

Professor Hargreaves is also Principal Investigator in a research project, Media, Community and the Creative Citizen, funded by the AHRC and the EPSRC under the Connected Communities programme. www.creativecitizens.co.uk

Educated at Burnley Grammar School, Altrincham Grammar School and Queens' College Cambridge, where he studied English with French.

Worked briefly as a community worker and then as a schoolteacher before taking up a career in journalism. Trained at the Keighley News and Bradford Telegraph and Argus, before joining the Financial Times as an industrial reporter.

In an 11-year spell on the FT, held a variety of positions, including Transport Correspondent, Labour Correspondent, New York Correspondent, Social Policy Editor, Resources Editor and Features Editor.

Left the FT in 1987 to be Managing Editor, then Director, of BBC News and Current Affairs - responsible for a major re-organisation of BBC network journalism on radio and television. Returned to the FT as Deputy Editor in 1990, before becoming Editor of the Independent in 1994. Editor of the New Statesman, 1996-98, when he took up position at Cardiff University as Director of the Centre for Journalism Studies.

Since stepping down as Director of CJS in 2002, Ian has undertaken a number of roles outside the university. He was Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for BAA plc from 2002 to 2006, leading the communications campaign which resulted in the acquisition of BAA by the Spanish company Ferrovial.

He also became a founding non-executive Member of the Board of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) in 2003. From 2006 to 2008 he was an Executive Member of the Ofcom Board, responsible for the regulator’s international activities and its work in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2008 he became Director of Strategic Communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, reporting to the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband MP. In 2009 he was seconded part-time to conduct a review of Creative Industries in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government.


Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

CBE, Queen's Diamond Jubile Honours List 2011, for services to the creative economy and higher education.

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

2010-present: Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff University.

2002-2010: Professor of Journalism, Cardiff University.

1998-2002 Director of the Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University.

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

2015 - present: Innovation and Enterprise Committee.

2015 - present: Centre for Community Journalism, steering board.