Jonathan Birdwell

Head of the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme

Jonathan is Head of the Citizenship and Political Participation programme. His research expertise lies in: political engagement and social action, particularly among young people; political education and the concept of ‘digital literacy’; trust in politics and politicians and the role of social media; populism and extremism; and alcohol and drugs policy.

Jonathan has authored over 30 Demos reports on a wide range of subjects, including the impact of parenting style on generational drinking, trust in local government, school-to-work transitions for young people, democracy in Europe, and extremism at universities. He was also lead author on the two background reports for the Step Up To Serve campaign, headed by the Prince of Wales and supported by all three political parties.

Prior to Demos, Jonathan worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy with Distinction from London School of Economics, and BAs cum laude in philosophy and political science from Tulane University. He is currently serving as a Governor of Newham Sixth Form College.