Sophie Gaston

Head of International Projects & External Affairs

Sophie manages international projects and external affairs at Demos, including overseeing the design, management and delivery of major international research and partnership projects and events, and editing the organisation’s Demos Quarterly journal.

She also manages the organisation’s busy national and international events programme, communications, media engagement, strategic positioning, social media and the organisation’s website.

Sophie leads on Demos’ national and global partnerships, and supports the organisation’s commitment to public policy capacity-building through advising other local and international non-governmental organisations on communications and advocacy.

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 press, communications and digital 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.