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
"Wales needs to open up its public data - to support innovation in public services and a stronger economy", Professor Ian Hargreaves said, in this year's Patrick Hannan Memorial Lecture.
This Nesta publication says the UK Creative Economy contributes almost 10 per cent of the value of the whole economy, supporting 2.5 million jobs.
Its ten-point plan aims to establish a refreshed and interlinked policy framework, covering education, regulation, intellectual property, arts funding, competition, research and development and access to finance.
Professor Hargreaves chaired the NCTJ’s Journalists at Work 2012 survey. Over 1,000 journalists contributed to the report which provides a comprehensive demographic profile of the journalism industry, including personal characteristics and geographical employment patterns.
Professor Hargreaves was the guest speaker at Cardiff Ambassadors first reception of 2013 at the Lumen Prize Exhibition. With its home in Cardiff, the Lumen Prize is the world’s first digital fine art competition.
Professor Hargreaves underlined the economic and cultural importance of the capital city of Wales being at the forefront of the digital revolution and how the super-connected city investment of £11 million will propel Cardiff to the top league of global digital cities.
On January 8, 2013, Prof Hargreaves gave evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee of Culture, Media and Sport.
This followed publication in December 2012 of the Government's final response to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, covering exceptions to copyright.
Professor Hargreaves contributed to the hearings of The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Professor Hargreaves' Witness Statement - With Professor Justin Lewis and Professor Richard Tait
Professor Hargreaves was invited in May 2011 to join the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board (PAB). He is also a member of the editorial panel of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, based at Oxford University a trustee of Centre Forum, a think tank; and a trustee of the Wincott Foundation, which supports awards and other initiatives promoting quality business journalism.
Professor Hargreaves supervises Masters and PhD students and teaches on a number of post-graduate courses.