Jonathan is Head of the Citizens Programme at Demos. His research expertise lies in counter-terrorism, public behaviour and drugs policy. He is also interested in theories of democracy and civic regeneration.
Jonathan's current work focuses on extremist movements and the role of religion in society.
Jonathan is co-author of The Edge of Violence, looking at the relationship between violent and non-violent radicals in Europe and Canada; the The Forgotten Half, which assessed school-to-work transitions for young people; and Taking Drugs Seriously, which investigated how new 'legal highs' will shape 21st century drugs policy and suggested how government regulation should respond.
His most recent reports include Service International, looking at the Government’s plans for an International Citizen Service, and The New Face of Digital Populism, the most comprehensive study to date of online far right supporters across Europe.
Jonathan is currently working on proposals related to digital literacy, education, youth and extremism, and prison reform.
This report compares violent and non-violent radicals looking at their behaviour, the appeal of the al-Qaeda narrative and the role of governments and communities in responding.
Building on State of Trust Demos publishes Trust in Practice, a practical investigation of how local councils can increase public trust, which shows that relationships are just as crucial as structural reform.
This report makes recommendations for the forthcoming review of the Government's 'Preventing Violent Extremism' programme.
This pamphlet is a summary of two years of research examining the difference between violent and non-violent radicals in Europe and Canada.
This pamphlet explores the school to work transitions of the 50 per cent of young people who don't go to university.
This pamphlet examines the views of Londoners on the death of Osama Bin Laden, based on a two day survey of residents.
This report brings together opinion from stakeholders in drugs policy on the challenge posed to legislation by new legal highs.
This pamphlet examines the positive impact the Coaltion Government's new International Citizen Service scheme can have on volunteers and wider society.
A report on unemployment in the youth labour market.
This report analyses the responses of 10,000 online supporters of European populist political parties and movements, looking at the reasons why people are motivated to join.
The first in a series of reports looking at populist movements in Europe, this study examines the views and motivations of online supporters of the Jobbik movement.
The second in our series looking at populist movements in Europe, this report investigates the Sweden Democrats party and their supporters.
This report looks at the connection between religion and politics in the UK and Europe.
This report is the third in our series of reports into the rise of populist parties and movements in Western Europe, this time looking at the Danish People's Party.
This report is the fourth in the Populism in Europe series, this time looking at the Netherlands, Geert Wilders and the Partij voor de Vrijheid.
This pamphlet is the fifth in our series of reports on European populism, this time looking at Italy's Lega Nord.
This pamphlet is the sixth in our series of reports on European populism, this time looking at CasaPound, an Italian neo-fascist political and cultural movement.
This report argues for targeted information awareness campaigns aimed at parents to help them consider their parenting style and the impact of alcohol on parenting ability.
Local authorities can benefit both financially and socially through commissioning faith-based service providers.
We've all got a sense that trust in government and public services is declining. But we very seldom step back and ask questions like: what do we mean by trust, how do people form trusting relationships, and how can public service organisations realistically develop more of those relationships?More
This project looks at the relationship between violent and non-violent radicalisation by mapping the flow of ideas, people and money through violent and non-violent radical groups.More
Demos has embarked on a new research project aimed uncovering the real life experiences of social housing residents, with the aim of using their personal stories to inform both policymaking and the activities of Housing Associations in the UK.More
Demos is looking at how communities can bring neighbourhood watch into the twenty-first century.More
Demos is designing a new project of work that seeks to crack the stymied debate around UK drugs policy. This project will apply systems theory to imagine what the world could potentially look like if drugs were regulated as opposed to criminalised. Without imagining what such a world would entail it is impossible to move beyond the current impasse.More
This project aims to facilitate genuine public engagement in British foreign policy. Demos will ask a representative sample of British people, with advice and debate from internationally renowned experts and thinkers, to draw up a list of principles on which they feel that British foreign policy should be based.More
Demos is looking at how government can approach new harmful chemical substances, or 'legal highs', in an effective way.More
This project will focus on school-to-work transition: how our education and training systems are preparing young people for employment.More
This research will look at the potential benefits of a British international citizen service, investigating how it can be integrated into Big Society initiatives and increase civic engagement.More
This project from the Violence and Extremism team looks at the growth of populism across Europe.More
This project, running in parallel to wider Demos work on adult learning, will begin with first principles – why ESOL matters – and work through to a logical conclusion of how best it can be delivered in practice, within a coherent policy framework.More
This project will explore how the European Union can prevent 'backsliding' on democratic commitments among member states.More
This project will investigate young people's attitudes towards the EU across Europe.More
This project explores the role of faith groups in 21st century British society – in particular, their role in progressive politics.More
This project examines how a parent's problematic relationship with alcohol can impact on parenting and children’s perceptions of alcohol.More
This research will seek to explore the extent to which the Scouting movement helps impart employability skills such as team work, confidence, interpersonal skills and leadershipMore
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