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Reference: 65788

Date Added: 30 April 2018
Closing Date: 18 May 2018

Job Title: Head of Research

Working For: Bright Blue

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

Bright Blue is an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism. We are looking for a Head of Research to join this ambitious, fast-growing organisation.

The successful candidate will become a senior member of the team, designing, managing and executing our research across Bright Blue’s five research areas: social reform; integrated Britain; energy and the environment; human rights and discrimination; and ageing society.

Our Head of Research will have the following responsibilities:


  • Managing Bright Blue’s research programmes, including policy reports, expert analyses and essay collections.
  • Leading and managing our research programme on energy and environment.
  • Editing of and providing intellectual oversight for the work of other members of staff and associate fellows.
  • Designing research methodologies, including data analysis, polling and depth interviews.
  • Authoring research reports.
  • Generating imaginative and credible policy ideas.
  • Shaping the next phase of Bright Blue’s research by devising new research ideas and proposals.

External affairs

  • Managing relationships with key stakeholders such as civil servants, special advisers, academics, journalists and politicians.
  • Representing Bright Blue at public panel events and private roundtables.
  • Representing Bright Blue in the media on a regular basis.
  • Writing regular opinion articles and blogs on key policy areas, particularly energy and environment.
  • Playing a leading role in Bright Blue’s fundraising efforts.


  • Managing the work of staff members and associate fellows.
  • Line-managing the energy and environment research team.
  • Contributing to the intellectual capital and strategic direction of the organisation.

Person specification:

  • A belief in Bright Blue’s core values.
  • Extensive experience of public policy research, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Strong knowledge of or expertise in energy and environment policy, including an extensive network of relevant stakeholders.
  • Significant experience designing and managing research projects.
  • Proven management experience.
  • Strong understanding of centre-right politics and public policy.
  • Excellent writing ability, creative thinking and interpersonal skills.
  • A self-motivated individual excited about working in a small business and who can work independently.

Closing Date: 18 May 2018

Interview/Start Dates

The closing time for applications is 12pm. The first round of interviews will take place the following week (w/c 21st May, 2018).

Application Details

Please submit your CV and covering letter to Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, at ryan@brightblue.org.uk. 

Website: http://brightblue.org.uk/

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