BROWSE OUR CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Welfare and public services
In an age of austerity, budgets are shrinking yet demand for services like education, health and social care is rising. Policymakers must establish what people’s real priorities are – and learn to do more with less. Led by Claudia Wood, this programme investigates those priorities through research on public attitudes to key areas of the welfare state.
This project will gather together the various existing approaches to tackling food poverty, both internationally and in the UK.
, Ally Paget
, Claudia Wood
Using a precedent from social care, this report sees Demos pioneer a user-led approach to the problem of educational goal-setting, empowering pupils to become stakeholders in their development.
, Claudia Wood
Demos is currently evaluating a two-year pilot from the Motor Neurone Disease Association which addressed the state and requirements of the support network for MND sufferers.
, Jo Salter
Demos is hosting a new Commission into the future of residential care, chaired by former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP
The financial crisis revealed a series of underlying weaknesses in the economy, from an over-reliance on low-paid, low-skilled jobs to an underinvestment in productive enterprise. Led by Duncan O'Leary, this programme explores how companies can do ‘good business’, aiming for solutions that lead to the decentralisation of power – to employees, consumers and communities.
This project explores how jobs can become more rewarding in all senses, from improved productivity and pay, to enhanced job satisfaction and opportunities for progression.
This project discusses the social, economic and political implications of a growth in the number of freelance jobs in the UK.
Citizenship and political participation
Britain continues to experience declining public trust and participation in formal politics, in addition to rising loneliness and social isolation. Led by Jonathan Birdwell, this programme explores the ideas and institutions that can help bring together a more fragmented society.
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
This project explores the role of faith groups in 21st century British society – in particular, their role in progressive politics.
This project will investigate young people's attitudes towards the EU across Europe.
Integration and national identity
Questions of national identity are all around us, on Englishness and the future of the Union, to appropriate responses to historically high levels of immigration into the UK. This programme aims to close the gap between the ordinary voter and the political class to develop a sense of how we live together.
, Neil Stevenson
This project aims to draw on government and academic data to develop a picture of ethno-cultural integration and segregation in Britain.
, Max Wind-Cowie
, Eric Kaufmann
This research will analyse the phenonemon of 'majority retreat', using the 2011 Census and demographic surveys to investigate the true nature of immigration and integration in Britain.
The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM)
A collaboration between Demos and the Text Analytics Group at the University of Sussex, CASM combines computer science with social science to analyse social media. Led by Jamie Bartlett, its work will develop social media analysis as a valid instrument of research that meets the needs of policy and decision-makers.
, Jamie Bartlett
This project aims to systematically find, analyse and map social media conversations that indicate ‘below the radar’ third sector activity.
, Carl Miller
This project uses Bitcoin as a starting point to examine the long-term impact of crypto-currencies on a range of political, economic and social institutions.
Demos Finance is a new financial services research unit, providing industry leaders, policymakers and the public with a reliable source of objective and easily comprehensible analysis of the sector. Led by Andrew Freeman, it will generate new ideas and public policy solutions, will help to explain and ‘translate’ complex arguments to a non-specialist public.
, Jodie Ginsberg
Demos Finance is a new financial services research unit, providing industry leaders, policymakers and the public with reliable, objective and easy to understand analysis of the sector.
This project looks into the state of banking technology in the UK. It will assess the banks' readiness to deal with increasing strains on their IT systems, and review the methods they are employing to cope with an increasingly demanding technological environment.
Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.
This project investigates how we can promote financial security and wellbeing at a time of declining living standards and constrained public spending.