Are you a creative and thoughtful researcher, with a passion for cities, and superlative skill at developing and communicating ideas with impact?
Centre for London is a think tank and charity focused on London’s critical challenges. As a senior researcher, you will develop and deliver research projects that make a difference to policy and practice – tackling issues such as employment and skills, transport and public realm, neighbourhood resilience, and London’s place in the UK and the world.
Working within a six-person research team, you will help to come up with new ideas, to deliver existing projects, and to support events and fundraising. Reporting to a research manager, you will be responsible for developing, delivering and managing research projects, from data analysis and literature reviews, to interviews with practitioners and stakeholders. The role will include preparing proposals and fundraising, undertaking research and writing reports for publication, raising the profile of the Centre’s work through writing and public appearances, and contributing to the organisation’s strategy. The successful candidate will join a growing team at the Centre’s offices in central London.
We think this role would best suit someone who is looking to develop their research skills, perhaps after working in a think tank, research institution, or in a public policy or public affairs context. We don’t ask that you are an expert in London policy issues – though understanding of urban and social policy would be helpful – but you will need to be able to learn quickly, think creatively and communicate compellingly.
Full details of the role can be found in the job description. If you meet the criteria in the person specification and are excited about this opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from individuals without the right to work in the UK.
How to apply
To apply for this role please send a CV and cover letter showing how your experience and achievements to date would make you a suitable candidate for this role (no more than three pages total). Your application should be saved as a single PDF with your name as a title.
Applications should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Senior Researcher’. Please include where you saw this advert.
We may close applications earlier than the deadline.
Previous applicants need not apply.
We do not want any contact from recruitment agencies regarding this vacancy.
Centre for London
Centre for London is a politically independent think tank and charity focused on solving London’s critical challenges. Through its research and events, the Centre acts as a critical friend to London’s leaders and policymakers, promotes a wider understanding of the challenges facing London, and develops long-term, rigorous and radical solutions for the capital.
About our culture
We’re a small charity with eighteen members of staff. Everyone is passionate about London and committed to making it a better city. We have a friendly, fun and collaborative team culture. We invest in our team to help them succeed; offering on the job support, learning lunches, whole team and individual training.
We celebrate London’s rich and diverse culture and we want our team to reflect the city we serve. We’re a London Living Wage and an equal opportunities employer – an ethos which also informs our work. We value the ideas and input of every team member and we regularly hold team-wide sessions to give everyone the opportunity to shape our future work.
We also know that there’s much more to life than work. Our flexible hours policy allows staff to make sure work fits around their personal lives. Benefits include 25 days holiday per year (plus extra days during office closure between Christmas and New Year), and a contributory pension. People who have worked with us for more than two years are also able to take career breaks of up to six months, giving them time for personal or professional development (or to simply take an extended holiday!).
We have just moved to our new home in the heart of Clerkenwell. It’s the perfect time to join the team as senior researcher, to help us make a difference for London at a critical time.
To develop and deliver excellent research projects, in order to achieve positive change in London, and build Centre for London’s profile.
Development and delivery of Centre for London research projects:
- Develop research project proposals for consideration by the research team and the senior management team
- Assist with fundraising for approved projects
- Deliver approved projects through conducting and writing research, and project management and co-ordination
- With research colleagues, contribute ideas, analysis and narrative to the Centre’s events programme and other projects
Partnerships, and external promotion of Centre for London and its ideas:
- Promote Centre for London, its analysis and ideas, through participation in external events, public speaking, writing and media activity as required
- Represent and promote Centre for London in public and in private to relevant audiences (business, government and civil society), extending the organisation’s reach and influence
- Help to maintain, enhance and extend of the organisation’s networks of funders, supporters and stakeholders
- Present the organisation in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders
Values-based development and growth of Centre for London:
- Contribute to the development and growth of the organisation through working in accordance with its wider objectives, corporate philosophy and values of integrity, excellence, collaboration, growth, respect and fun
- Qualified to degree level or equivalent, with excellent academic credentials or experience
- Ideally a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg, social sciences, economics, urban studies)
- Right to work in the UK
- Analytical capacity, curiosity, the ability to think strategically, and to generate fresh insight and analysis
- Personal credibility when working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
- Flexible, highly organised, and able to multi-task and prioritise work to meet deadlines
- Excellent team player
- Passionate about London and urban policy
Skills and Experience
- High quality experience working in research, policy or public affairs
- Understanding of research methods, ideally including experience of quantitative analysis, and a track record of high quality work
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to present and write on a wide range of issues and in a variety of contexts
- The ability to network effectively with policy advisers, politicians, civil servants and academics as well as business and third sector organisations
- Awareness of London policy, networks and government, and how to effect change in policy making and practice
- Commitment to the values and ethos of Centre for London.