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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.

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The typology of debt

Jo Salter

Demos is carrying out an innovative piece of research and analysis developing a new typology of personal debt.

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Top of the ladder

Claudia Wood, Jo Salter

This project seeks to find the benefits of specialist retirement housing and investigate what would need to change to make this a more attractive and feasible option for more older people.

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Paying the price

Jo Salter, Max Wind-Cowie

This project will highlight how policymakers and the health industry can work together to provide sustainable solutions to help people insure against or cope with the costs of cancer.

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Health in an age of austerity

Claudia Wood

This project, and subsequent collection of essays, will discuss the variable geographical impact of austerity, the knock on effect on public health, and the dynamics between poverty and health.

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Time and place

Claudia Wood, Ally Paget, Jo Salter

This research aims to identify precisely what values people associate with dying in a home environment and establish why so many more people say they want to die at home.

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Transitions at the end of life

Claudia Wood, Ally Paget, Jo Salter

Demos is exploring the possibility of personalised end of life care that reflects personal values and also involves maximum choice and control for care users and their families.

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Good Business

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.

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On the job

Jonathan Todd

This project will look at the role of apprentices, and how to maximise their economic contribution.

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Generation strains

Duncan O'Leary, Jo Salter

This project will analyse the generational shift in attitudes towards the welfare state and its far-reaching implications.

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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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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.

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The Future of Work

William Davies, John Knell

The project will explore the possibilities for a new politics of work.

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The Power Gap

Dan Leighton, Simon Hampson

A landmark project on everyday power shows how far we have to travel to become a nation of powerful people.

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A People's Inquiry into Personal Information

Peter Bradwell, Dan Leighton

This project will feature a 'People's Inquiry' to explore people's attitudes to the use of their personal information. It will use the outcomes from the deliberative groups to develop practical ideas for matching public expectations and personal information policy.

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Economic Literacy

Dan Leighton, Jen Lexmond

The health of the economy has a profound effect on our lives. Too often, however, the economy is experienced as something that happens to us, rather than something we are part of. Few speak the language of the ‘dismal science’, and this impacts negatively on our democratic public life. Demos’ Economic Literacy project will probe this ‘democratic deficit’ in economic life.

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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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The Edgeless University

Peter Bradwell

This project explores how technological and social change impact on universities. Technology has the potential to help all universities become open universities, but its implications, opportunities and uncertainties need deeper explanation.

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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.

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Patriotism and Pride

Max Wind-Cowie

This project will focus on 'practical patriotism', investigating the things that make people feel proud and give them a sense of belonging.

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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.

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Demos Finance

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.

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Size isn't everything

Andrew Freeman

This report challenges the conventional wisdom that SMEs are vital to economic growth, and further questions the perception that a lack of bank-lending is hindering those enterprises' development.

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The price of protection

Hilary Cooper

This report looks at recent developments in the financial sector to propose a balanced approach between consumer protection and non-punative regulation. 

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Political Ideas

Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.

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Business of Care

Hannah Green

From partnering to parenting and social services to wellbeing, care and who provides it are growing issues of national and international concern. While it is widely agreed that we do not want to go back to a model of female-dominated care giving, it is also clear that as a society we are unsure about what is going to replace it...

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Bristol Urban Beach

Melissa Mean

Demos and Zero Zero are helping Bristol to open its own urban beach in summer 2007.

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Future Innovators

Duncan O'Leary, Hannah Green

A project with NESTA, exploring the extent to which the perceptions of and attitudes of school-age pupils towards work and innovation differ from or complement the working world they are likely to experience.

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For Your Information

Peter Bradwell, Niamh Gallagher

A project about personal information, why organisations want it and use it, and why it matters to us as citizens and consumers.

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The Hive

The Hive is like an art gallery... Except instead of pictures and paintings, there is a catalogue of some of the former interns who have passed through our doors. Prepared to be amazed. Or at least moderately impressed...

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User-led service design in Local Authorities

Hannah Green

We're working with three local authorities: Lewisham, Knowsley and Bristol, to work out how change happens in local authorities.

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