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founded in the year 1998
City London
Country UK
Legal form Charity
address 58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS
founder David Puttnam
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Behavioural economics in public governance
Last revision 29.05.2017

Was founded by the labour government under Blair as NESTA - National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts with the status of an non-departmental public body, in 2011 converted into a charity[1] and in 2012 renamed to Nesta.

Organizational Structure and Funding

At its start Nesta was endowed with 250.000.000 pounds out of national lottery funds. In 2011 the endowment was valued at 351.000.000 pounds. Nesta finances its operations out of the proceeds of this funds.


58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.