About us

Demos is Britain’s leading cross-party think tank. We put people at the heart of policy-making to create bold ideas and a more collaborative democracy.

The current system of policy-making isn’t working. It’s either too partisan to address the big underlying problems we agree on, or too technocratic to find solutions that resonate for all. Our systems aren’t trusted to improve people’s lives.

At Demos we believe that there is a better way: one which puts people first to achieve fundamental and lasting change and overcome divisions. We call this collaborative democracy.  As a genuinely cross-party think tank, we work with all parties and none to find solutions that work for more people.

About the role 

We are looking for a researcher to support our team with delivery of our research and policy programmes. 

The post will suit someone looking for a junior research and policy role, who is passionate about social change, enthusiastic about Demos’ mission, able to work across multiple projects, and wants to work with and support the development of a collaborative and dynamic team. We are looking for people with an interest in research and policy and ideally some practical experience of research design and delivery. This experience can be either in an academic or professional setting – even if you haven’t worked in a think tank before, we would still be interested in hearing from you. A positive, can-do attitude and enthusiasm for learning about different topical policy areas is also essential. We encourage you to apply if this sounds like you.

Interviews will be conducted in the second week of June. If you submit your application after the role has been filled, we will let you know and keep your details on file for future opportunities.

The role will suit someone interested to:

  • Carry out high-quality research (e.g. literature reviews, surveys, focus groups etc.) and develop policy ideas that can influence policy makers in Whitehall, Westminster and beyond.
  • Collaborate with partners to amplify our research findings and advocate for policy change.
  • Writing reports, briefings and articles that communicate policy ideas clearly and to a wide audience. 
  • Be part of a welcoming, creative community of thinkers – both at Demos and among the many other organisations we work closely with. 


You’ll be involved in the delivery of research and design of research materials, using qualitative and quantitative methods to undertake original research to inform evidence-based policy recommendations. You will be looking for opportunities to develop your project management skills. 

You’ll write high-quality research reports, blogs, and other outputs for a range of audiences, and work with our External Affairs team to communicate our research findings clearly, compellingly and creatively. 

You’ll help develop Demos’ networks with different stakeholder groups, including policymakers, industry, academic, media and civil society. You will be keen to identify fundraising opportunities and support writing proposals. 

You’ll work within our core research and policy team, working on a range of projects related to our pillars:

  • Citizen Economy – that helps people to participate in our economy and spreads prosperity throughout our communities
  • Public Service Reform – that empower communities, encourage prevention and improve outcomes
  • Collaborative Democracy – that enables participation by citizens and improves the policy making process

About you

The types of experience and skills we are looking for include the below. We welcome a range of applications which include parts of these attributes. 

Desired experience 

  • Demonstrable professional experience in a research and/or public policy role and setting 
  • Conducting primary research, including research design (discussion guides, surveys etc.) and moderation 
  • Conducting secondary research, including literature reviews and evidence reviews
  • Playing a critical role in project delivery and providing project management support 
  • Supporting fundraising efforts, including drafting grant applications and/or project proposals 
  • Building networks and collaborating with external partners 


  • Enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude and ability to juggle priorities in a dynamic workplace
  • Keen to learn and take up opportunities for professional development
  • Knowledge and understanding of research design, methods and ethics 
  • Ability to use, analyse and interpret data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: comfortable writing for a range of audiences, presenting complex information in easy-to-understand and engaging formats 
  • An interest in how policymaking works, and how change happens 
  • Demonstrable interest and passion for public policy making and social change, at the community, local, national or international level, and interest in the future of technology and the political questions it raises. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Salary: £28,000 – £31,000 per year (depending on experience)
  • Permanent, Full-time
  • Location: Whitehall, Greater London (Hybrid)
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Holidays: 30 days plus statutory holidays
  • Pension: 6%

Demos is committed to equality and valuing diversity within our organisation. We recognise, celebrate and promote the positive contributions that are made by diverse groups: engaging with and promoting the voices of people whose voices may not otherwise be heard is core to our work and we believe that this should be reflected in our team. We strongly encourage applications from people from minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, or others with lived experience of disadvantage. We have flexible working policies, and would be happy to discuss flexible working requirements with any candidates.

Please note that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis throughout August and job offers may be made before the closing date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can. If you submit your application after the roles have been filled, we will keep your details on file for future opportunities.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to [email protected] by 9am on 18th June 2024.


Posted on: 31st May 2024