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Jonathan Birdwell

Head of the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme

Birdwell
Telephone
020 7367 6336
Email
jonathan.birdwell@demos.co.uk

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.

His most recent reports include Backsliders, which presents the first ever EU-specific democracy index, and The Faith Collection, looking at the role of faith in 21st century Britain.

Jonathan is currently working on projects related to charity retail, alcohol harms, extremism at universities and youth social action.

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The Edge of Violence
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2010-04-16
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Trust in Practice
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Faizal Farook, Samuel Jones
Publication Date
2010-06-15
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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.

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From Suspects to Citizens
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2010-07-20
Publication Type
Report

This report makes recommendations for the forthcoming review of the Government's 'Preventing Violent Extremism' programme.

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The Edge of Violence
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2010-12-08
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet is a summary of two years of research examining the difference between violent and non-violent radicals in Europe and Canada.

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The Forgotten Half
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Matt Grist, Julia Margo
Publication Date
2011-03-11
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet explores the school to work transitions of the 50 per cent of young people who don't go to university.

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After Osama
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Mark Littler
Publication Date
2011-05-10
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet examines the views of Londoners on the death of Osama Bin Laden, based on a two day survey of residents.

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Taking Drugs Seriously
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Jake Chapman
Publication Date
2011-05-12
Publication Type
Report

This report brings together opinion from stakeholders in drugs policy on the challenge posed to legislation by new legal highs.

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Service International
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2011-07-28
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet examines the positive impact the Coaltion Government's new International Citizen Service  scheme can have on volunteers and wider society.

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Youth Labour's Lost
Authors
Matt Grist, Jonathan Birdwell, Tom Gregory, Jenny Ousbey
Publication Date
2011-10-26
Publication Type
Pamphlet

A report on unemployment in the youth labour market.

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The New Face of Digital Populism
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Mark Littler
Publication Date
2011-11-07
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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.

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Populism in Europe: Hungary
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Jack Benfield
Publication Date
2012-01-30
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Populism in Europe: Sweden
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Jack Benfield
Publication Date
2012-02-23
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The second in our series looking at populist movements in Europe, this report investigates the Sweden Democrats party and their supporters.

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Faithful Citizens
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Mark Littler
Publication Date
2012-04-08
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This report looks at the connection between religion and politics in the UK and Europe.

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Populism in Europe: Denmark
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Mona Bani, Jack Benfield
Publication Date
2012-05-15
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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.

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Populism in Europe: Netherlands
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Sarah de Lange
Publication Date
2012-09-14
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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.

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Populism in Europe: Lega Nord
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2012-10-04
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet is the fifth in our series of reports on European populism, this time looking at Italy's Lega Nord.

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Populism in Europe: CasaPound
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Jamie Bartlett
Publication Date
2012-10-04
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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.

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Feeling the Effects
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Emma Vandore
Publication Date
2012-12-07
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Faithful Providers
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell
Publication Date
2013-01-18
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Local authorities can benefit both financially and socially through commissioning faith-based service providers.

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The state of the service nation
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Rutger Birnie
Publication Date
2013-06-25
Publication Type
Report

This report analyses the benefits of volunteering, and what can be done to encourage more young people to engage in youth social action.

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The faith collection
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Stephen Timms
Publication Date
2013-09-22
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Backsliders: Measuring Democracy in the EU
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Chris Tryhorn, Sebastien Feve, Natalia Vibla
Publication Date
2013-09-26
Publication Type
Report

This report introduces Demos' EU Democracy index, the first of its kind, and asks whether democratic 'backsliding' in the EU can be halted.

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Service Generation
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Carl Miller
Publication Date
2013-11-21
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Sobering up
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Ian Wybron, Emma Vandore
Publication Date
2013-11-22
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Giving something back
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Ally Paget
Publication Date
2013-11-25
Publication Type
Report

This report builds on previous Demos work on social value, investigating the benefits charity shops have for local communities in recession-hit Britain.

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Introducing Generation Citizen
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Mona Bani
Publication Date
2014-02-19
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Scouting for Skills
Authors
Jonathan Birdwell, Ian Wybron
Publication Date
2014-05-15
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Like, Share, Vote
Authors
Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds
Publication Date
2014-11-12
Publication Type
Report

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.

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Trust and local government

Jonathan Birdwell, Samuel Jones, Faizal Farook

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?

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On the edge of violence?

Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell

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.

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Inside Stories

Celia Hannon, Jonathan Birdwell, Tommy Moody, Pippa Read

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.

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Neighbourhood Watch 2.0

Jonathan Birdwell, Jamie Bartlett

Demos is looking at how communities can bring neighbourhood watch into the twenty-first century.

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Taking Drugs Seriously

Jonathan Birdwell, Jake Chapman

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.

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A very British foreign policy

Max Wind-Cowie, Jonathan Birdwell

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. 

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Legal Highs

Jonathan Birdwell, Jake Chapman

Demos is looking at how government can approach new harmful chemical substances, or 'legal highs', in an effective way.

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Advising Ambition

Eugene Grant, Jonathan Birdwell

This project will focus on school-to-work transition: how our education and training systems are preparing young people for employment.

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Civic Service International

Jonathan Birdwell, Susanna Pettigrew

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.

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Populism in Europe

Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell

This project from the Violence and Extremism team looks at the growth of populism across Europe.

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Populism in Europe

Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell

Building on The New Face of Digital Populism, Demos is publishing a series of country-specific reports on the growth of populism in Europe.

 

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A Common Language

Duncan O'Leary, Jonathan Birdwell, Andrew Rhodes, Yvette Jacob, Rebekka Rumpel

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.

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Backsliders: measuring democracy in the EU

Jonathan Birdwell, Sebastien Feve

This project will explore how the European Union can prevent 'backsliding' on democratic commitments among member states.

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Eurovisions

Jonathan Birdwell

This project will investigate young people's attitudes towards the EU across Europe.

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Faith and society

Jonathan Birdwell

This project explores the role of faith groups in 21st century British society – in particular, their role in progressive politics.

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Families, parenting and harmful drinking

Jonathan Birdwell, Emma Vandore

This project examines how a parent's problematic relationship with alcohol can impact on parenting and children’s perceptions of alcohol.

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Be prepared: Scouts and employability

Jonathan Birdwell

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 leadership

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Sweet charity

Jonathan Birdwell, Ally Paget

This project aims to quantify and measure the actual economic and social value of Britain's 5,500 charity shops within communities.

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Getting out the vote

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds

This project will map voter sentiment ahead of the EU elections and advise voter mobilisation campaigners on how best to ‘get out the vote’.

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Having Their Say

Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

This project aims to pinpoint the key political and social issues that young people care about ahead of the 2015 General Election

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Next steps: young Muslims and the professions

David Goodhart, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

This project will examine the potential causes of underrepresentation of British Muslims in the higher professions.

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UpRising: Building a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

Demos is building an evaluative framework for the leadership organisation UpRising.

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Review of Social and Emotional Skills: Call for Evidence

Jonathan Birdwell

Demos is issuing a Call for Evidence in support of the Early Intervention Foundation and Cabinet Office's Review of Social and Emotional skills.

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