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.
, Louis Reynolds
Demos will develop cost-effective and viable policy options on older people's housing for Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing at DCLG.
Demos is carrying out an innovative piece of research and analysis developing a new typology of personal debt.
, 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.
, 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.
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.
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 will look at the role of apprentices, and how to maximise their economic contribution.
, Jo Salter
This project will analyse the generational shift in attitudes towards the welfare state and its far-reaching implications.
, Ally Paget
This project aims to quantify and measure the actual economic and social value of Britain's 5,500 charity shops within communities.
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. This programme aims to close the gap between the ordinary voter and the political class to develop a sense of how we live together.
This project will focus on 'practical patriotism', investigating the things that make people feel proud and give them a sense of belonging.
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.
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.
This report looks at recent developments in the financial sector to propose a balanced approach between consumer protection and non-punative regulation.
Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.
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, Melissa Mean
, Molly Webb
, Celia Hannon
, Joost Beunderman
We're committed to being an environmentally-friendly organisation. With all the travel we're doing, it's not going to be easy. We want to share our experiences and efforts at going green on this page - with the ultimate aim of becoming a zero carbon/zero waste workplace.
We rely on experts more and more. But we trust them less and less.
, James Wilsdon
, Matthew Kearnes
, Phil Macnaghten
Nanotechnology - the science of small things - promises to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st Century. But what will it mean for society and the environment? And how can public engagement in deciding the direction of research be moved 'upstream'?
Glasgow 2020 is the non-institutional story of Glasgow’s future - a project to collect-together the imagination of the city through workshops, competitions, events and creative-projects.
Drawing on all of our public services work of the last three years, as well as over fifty interviews with service innovators in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors, this project explores the emerging discipline of service design, and what it has to offer to ways of approaching the transformation of public services.