Sophie Gaston

Deputy Director & Head of International Research

Sophie is Demos’ Deputy Director and Head of International Research.

Sophie leads international projects and partnerships at Demos, overseeing research and events on global political trends and social change. She is particularly focused on the topics of populism, citizenship, liberalism and the relationship between media and politics, and recently coordinated a pan-European project on the rising culture and politics of fear in Europe.

Sophie also oversees the organisation’s external affairs, and is the editor of the organisation’s Demos Quarterly journal. She supports the organisation’s commitment to public policy capacity-building through advising other local and international non-governmental organisations on strategic governance, communications and advocacy.

Sophie is a regular media commentator in the UK and international press, and has written for a range of newspapers, magazines and academic publications. She presents regularly on her research at international conferences.

Before commencing at Demos, Sophie was based at the Centre for Cities urban economics think tank. Prior to this, she worked as a Ministerial speechwriter, media and communications adviser and researcher in Australia – focusing on economic policy, international and multicultural affairs. Sophie has also held various research and communications roles in the corporate and commercial sectors in the UK and Australia, and has provided strategic consulting to a wide range of not-for-profit and start-up organisations.

Sophie has a strong academic interest in political communication, and her Master’s thesis involved an extensive analysis of the media representation of the introduction of government tax imposts. She also completed a dissertation on the disruptive nature of televised election debates in the 2010 British General Election as a research scholar in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.