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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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Rethinking incapacity

Claudia Wood

This project seeks to create a better system of incapacity assessment, in collaboration with Ben Baumberg of the University of Kent.

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The contestable policy fund: older people's housing

Claudia Wood, Ally Paget

Demos will develop cost-effective and viable policy options on older people's housing for Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing at DCLG.

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Investigating migrant access to healthcare

Max Wind-Cowie

This report aims to establish an evidence-base to make the pragmatic case for migrant access to healthcare. 

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The rise of the community supermarket

Jo Salter

This project will gather together the various existing approaches to tackling food poverty, both internationally and in the UK.

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Behind the screen

Jo Salter, Claudia Wood

This project aims to estimate the human, social and financial costs of cervical cancer.

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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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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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The Commission on Apprenticeships

Duncan O'Leary, Ian Wybron, Alice Meaning

Demos is hosting a new cross-party Commission on apprenticeships in the construction sector.

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Community Chest

Duncan O'Leary, Ally Paget

This project will explore the evidence base on the different models of local banking in the UK.

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Good jobs

Duncan O'Leary

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.

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Going it alone

Duncan O'Leary, Chris Waller

This project discusses the social, economic and political implications of a growth in the number of freelance jobs in the UK.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Investigating migrant access to healthcare

Max Wind-Cowie

This report aims to establish an evidence-base to make the pragmatic case for migrant access to healthcare. 

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English as a second language

Neil Stevenson, Ally Paget, David Goodhart

This project will make the case for ESOL language learning and then unpack the language learning process and the implications for language assessment.

 

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Mapping Integration

David Goodhart, Neil Stevenson

This project aims to draw on government and academic data to develop a picture of ethno-cultural integration and segregation in Britain.

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The politics of demography

David Goodhart, 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. 

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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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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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Below the radar

Carl Miller, Jamie Bartlett

This project aims to systematically find, analyse and map social media conversations that indicate ‘below the radar’ third sector activity.

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Heads up: Bitcoin

Jamie Bartlett, 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.

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Towards a new social media science

David Weir, Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Simon Wibberley

This collaboration with the University of Sussex seeks to create an overarching research system that can draw real insight from social media data. 

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Anti-social media

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Noelle Rumball

This project will inform the debate over the trade-off between hate speech, and freedom of expression in the context of social media.

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The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Rutger Birnie, Noelle Rumball, Louis Reynolds

The Centre produces new political, social and policy insight and understanding through social media research.

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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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Demos Finance

Andrew Freeman, 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.

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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 hidden risk

Jodie Ginsberg

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. 

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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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Children Make Places

Peter Bradwell, Celia Hannon, Joost Beunderman

Children’s access to the public realm is currently heavily restricted – as much by physical barriers as by adult attitudes and anxieties. As heavy investment in play provision is currently set to deliver physical improvements, there is a need to address the wider social, cultural and political context in which the children’s public realm is being shaped.

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An Underwhelming Truth

Molly Webb

2006 was the year of the eco-issue, Priuses on back-order, "An Inconvenient Truth" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's green coup. But is sustainability’s new look only skin deep?

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Culture Online

John Holden, Samuel Jones

Culture Online has pioneered a project-based approach to bring new audiences to arts and culture using new technology. In this it differs significantly from the portal approach of many cultural websites. Demos is working with Culture Online to place their achievement in a wider context of policy development, and to articulate lessons for practitioners and policymakers.

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Northern Lights Seminar Series

Catherine Fieschi

A seminar series to discuss social innovation and explore the secrets of the Nordic Model

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Recruitment 2020

Duncan O'Leary, Grahame Broadbelt

A project with the Guardian and the The Recruitment and Employment Confederation

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The Network Effect

Melissa Mean, Kirsten Bound

The Network Effect brings together Europe's future leaders in a creative, influential and distincitve network.

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