I want to work in..Policy and Research

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Typical Job Profile

Policy Officer

Charity Officer

International Aid/Development Worker

Youth Worker

Housing Manager


Useful Online Resources

Overview of the UK Charity sector (Prospects)

Challenges facing the Third Sector 

The Guardian How to get a job in the Third Sector - article from The Guardian

Charity and Social Enterprise Bright Network

SCVO The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - Policy and Research. Also includes a job search page.

NCVO  The National Council for Voluntary Organisations

TFN  Third Force News

Working with the Homeless (TARGETjobs)

National Housing Federation 

See also pages on Social Research and Government, Politics and Policy


Think Tanks

Think Tanks are organisations which explore and research issues including social, public and economic policy and reform, social justice, democracy, and the environment.  Most are independent but some are government funded and/or linked to a political party.  

Working in the Think Tank sector - recording of a session hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Resolution Foundation YouTube channel includes videos about Working in the Think Tank Sector

Smart Thinking careers resources, including blogs and interviews, for those wanting to work in think tanks or policy 

Policy Exchange UK's Leading Think Tank


Job Sites and Specialist Recruiters 


Guardian Jobs

Third Sector Charity Jobs

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Charity Careers Scotland

OSCR The Scottish Charity Regulator



Inside Housing

Shelter Scotland 

Amnesty International

WWF World Wildlife Fund


Prince's Trust

Friends of the Earth

Vision One Research in sectors such as the Charity sector and includes a jobs page.


Professional bodies

Institute for Public Policy Research

Social Research Association (SRA)

Chartered Institute of Housing 


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.