Current Opportunities

Here are all the current opportunities that institutions are offering. If you are interested in any of them, please contact


The Institute of Public Policy Research, a progressive think-tank, is looking for the input of historians on a range of projects:

  • to work with IPPR North, either on a range of projects or producing a discrete history of (de)centralisation and/or the northern powerhouse to complement our work on decentralisation to the North.
  • to feed into ippr’s Commission on Economic Justice. This would begin with research to complement a project on automation of work and how policy should respond – it would be great to get a historical perspective on previous waves of technological change, including the industrial revolution, and their relevance to how we view this wave of change
  • to commission one historical article per quarterly issue of IPPR Progressive Review – their journal published by Wiley, previously called Juncture. This would identify historians whose work has contemporary relevance and who engage in political and policy discussions, and helping edit the pieces.
  • to help with the history of property taxation in England / the UK for a project looking at the reform and devolution of council tax.

Bright Blue

Bright Blue, an independent liberal conservative think-tank, is looking for historical input on many of its current policy areas. In particular, they are interested in any historians who could speak to the following themes:

  • Energy and the environment
  • Human rights, domestically and internationally
  • Immigration and integration
  • Education policy (childcare, HE, FE, apprenticeships, and schools)
  • Welfare reform, social reform and poverty


The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank. Founded in 1884, the society is at the forefront of political ideas and public policy on the left. The society was closely associated with the creation of the Labour party, the London School of Economics and the welfare state.

The Fabian Society are keen for historians to help provide a historic perspective on a range of current Fabian Society policy projects. Suggested topic areas include:

  • debates on the renewal of social democracy
  • trade union reform
  • changing experiences of childhood
  • social attitudes and diversity
  • the future of the welfare state
  • technology and the future of work


Locality is a national network of community-led organisations, which works to help neighbourhoods thrive. The network grew from the merger of organisations supporting the urban settlement movement, local development trusts, and community enterprises, and now has thousands of member organisations from every part of England.

  • Locality would particularly like to work with a historian as part of their independent commission on the future of localism, chaired by Lord Kerslake, which will work to ensure devolution truly puts power in the hands of local people.

New Economics Foundation

The New Economics Foundation is a think-tank which works with communities throughout the UK to drive economic reform that really puts people in control. They are seeking to learn from historical experience and are seeking historians interested in a range of issues including:

  • workplace democracy
  • community economic regeneration
  • participatory public service reform
  • proposals for the thorough devolution of power.

Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)

Chatham House is an independent policy institute concerned with international affairs, with a mission of helping to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just would.

  • Founded in 1920, Chatham are organizing a range of activities to celebrate their centenary in 2020, and are seeking historians to help develop a programme of events and publications.