Head of Social Policy
Ian is Head of Social Policy at Demos. The Social Policy programme is shaped around the following research interests:
- Social mobility, particularly educational disadvantage and youth policy
- Public service and welfare reform
- Security and harm prevention, including violent extremism
- Integration and community cohesion
Since joining Demos in 2013, Ian has led a variety of major research projects. This includes the Commission on Apprenticeships, co-chaired by Robert Halfon MP and Lord Maurice Glasman; Pupil Power, Demos’ flagship two-year pilot of coproduction in secondary schools; a year-long evaluation of the youth leadership charity UpRising; and a study into youth drinking using the Understanding Society dataset. He is currently leading projects including a gambling-harm prevention pilot in secondary schools, and Next Generation UK with the British Council – exploring the attitudes and aspirations of young adults in Britain in the wake of Brexit.
Ian’s research has been covered widely in the media and he has written for The Guardian, Times Educational Supplement, and Independent, as well as making appearances on a range of broadcast media including BBC Radio 4, 5Live, GNS, and ITV Daybreak.
Prior to joining Demos, Ian gained experience working for the disability charity Scope, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), and the homelessness charity Thames Reach. He holds an MSc in Political Theory with Distinction from the London School of Economics, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol. He is currently a volunteer with the educational charity the Hackney Pirates.