BROWSE OUR CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
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.
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.
, Jo Salter
This project looks at the role social housing providers can play in helping people back to independent living following a period in hospital.
, Phillida Cheetham
Demos is currently looking at how social housing providers can act as co-ordinators and hubs for support and earlier intervention for their clients.
, Jonathan Birdwell
This project will focus on school-to-work transition: how our education and training systems are preparing young people for employment.
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.
, Emma Vandore
This project examines how a parent's problematic relationship with alcohol can impact on parenting and children’s perceptions of alcohol.
, Carl Miller
This projects asks the extent to which young people can discriminate between the wealth of information found online.
This project explores the tensions, hidden assumptions and challenges to the ideals and institutions that make open societies.
, 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.
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. Led by Max Wind-Cowie, this programme aims to close the gap between the ordinary voter and the political class to develop a sense of how we live together.
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.
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.
Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.
Demos are working with Scottish Enterprise to investigate what role place plays in the attraction of talent to Scottish cities.
The government's Building Schools for the Future scheme is a momentous opportunity to catalyse change on a local community level. The key question that this project seeks answers to is how can community participation in BSF be utilised to move beyond the design of new buildings, to shaping and creating learning communities fit for the demands of modern society?
This project is a chance to explore the tensions in the current debate between fostering a 'nanny state' and finding a response to some of the most pressing social issues of our time.
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...
Demos and Zero Zero are helping Bristol to open its own urban beach in summer 2007.
, 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.