Chapter 1 explores the current landscape of UK think tanks, defining what they do and how they differ from one another. Discover the many functions that think tanks perform and how they distinguish themselves from the world of academia.
Chapter 2 provides an insight into day-to-day think tank life, including a deep dive into the activities that policy professionals perform as part of their roles, from fundraising to designing policy events, and from blogging to networking.
Chapter 3 investigates the core challenge for policy wonks: how to come up with ideas and insights that haven’t occurred to people who work at the coalface of a particular policy area. Discover the tools and techniques think tankers use to think about old problems in news ways.
In Chapter 4, the author shares his observations about what makes the best in the business so effective at shaping the policy agenda, detailing the methods and behaviours they use to have impact.
Chapter 5 outlines the steps you can take to secure your own job working for a UK think tank. Learn about the different job roles, understand where to find the latest job adverts, and read about how to best prepare for an interview.
In the Appendix, you’ll find details of more than 120 UK think tanks, including their descriptions, Twitter handles, and links to where they advertise their latest job vacancies.
Eddie Copeland has worked in senior positions at two, very different, UK think tanks. He is currently Director of Government Innovation at Nesta where he leads the organisation’s work on city data, behavioural insights, digital public services and digital democracy. Previously he was Head of Technology Policy at Policy Exchange.