Paul Crawford


Chief Economist, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Paul Crawford is Chief Economist and deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where his team supports the evidence and analysis needs of the communications, arts, culture, creative, media, tourism, sport, leisure and gambling sectors, and the measurement and analysis of the growth and wellbeing impacts of culture and sports activities and institutions.

He was previously a Deputy Director in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibilities for the economics of growth and productivity at both the macroeconomic and microeconomic level, after leading DTI’s sectoral productivity and competitiveness research programme.

Before joining government, Paul worked as an academic at UEA, Bristol, and Cambridge Universities, and as an economic consultant in the private sector, with particular interests in industrial economics and sectoral analysis.