Jonathan is Head of the Citizenship and Political Participation programme. His research expertise lies in civic engagement, populism and extremism, and alcohol and drugs policy.
Jonathan has authored over 20 Demos reports on a wide range of subjects, including extremism and populist groups, education and youth unemployment and civic engagement.
Jonathan is currently working on projects related to charity retail, alcohol harms, extremism at universities and youth social action.
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.
This report analyses the benefits of volunteering, and what can be done to encourage more young people to engage in youth social action.
The essay collection investigates the relationship between religious belief, values and political motivation, and looked at the role that faith groups play in delivering public services.
This report introduces Demos' EU Democracy index, the first of its kind, and asks whether democratic 'backsliding' in the EU can be halted.
This report sets out to uncover exactly what we know about social action in the UK, in support of the Step Up To Serve campaign.
This report looks at alcohol policy in the UK and puts forward measures which could make a real contribution to tackling the alcohol-related harms that Britain still faces.
This report builds on previous Demos work on social value, investigating the benefits charity shops have for local communities in recession-hit Britain.
This report calls for a new narrative around today’s young people. Teenagers and teachers believe that too often policymakers and the media paint an unflattering portrait of teenagers.
This report seeks to add to the emerging evidence base on the importance of building 'character' in young people, and what it means for their employability.
Across Europe, low voter turnout in European and national elections is a growing concern. This report explores the potential for social media to support efforts to get out the vote.
Using Romania as a case study, Demos investigates how policymakers can tackle excessive alcohol consumption across Europe.
This report presents a detailed look at 18 to 25-year-olds ahead of the general election: whether they plan to vote, what issues are they concerned about, and what policies would make them more likely to vote.
This step-by-step technical guide has been developed by Demos to harness social media to help turnout campaigns and third sector groups reverse the trend of political disenfranchisement through the use of social media advertising.
Based on a Call for Evidence, and pre-existing knowledge of the UK youth sector, this short report argues that the sector is currently undergoing a period of significant development with respect to evaluation.
This is an interim report of our year-long evaluation of UpRising, a youth leadership organisation.
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
This project aims to quantify and measure the actual economic and social value of Britain's 5,500 charity shops within communities.More
This project will map voter sentiment ahead of the EU elections and advise voter mobilisation campaigners on how best to ‘get out the vote’.More
This project aims to pinpoint the key political and social issues that young people care about ahead of the 2015 General ElectionMore
This project will examine the potential causes of underrepresentation of British Muslims in the higher professions.More
Demos is building an evaluative framework for the leadership organisation UpRising.More
Demos is issuing a Call for Evidence in support of the Early Intervention Foundation and Cabinet Office's Review of Social and Emotional skills.More
Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) and the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme are launching a new series of projects on Digital Democracy.More
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