I want to work in...Social 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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Sector overview

Social Research 

Typical job profiles

Social Researcher (Prospects)

Social Researcher (TARGETjobs)

Social Reseacher (AllaboutCareers)


Useful online resources

Your career in research (pdf) from the Market Research Society

Careers in research from the Social Research Association

ESRC careers information 

Careers in local goverment research Local Goverment Association

Gov.uk - information about social research opportunities including summer placements

National Centre for Social Research 

Scottish Centre for Social Reserach

Scottish Government  Social Research Action (including information about career opportunities and how to get involved in short-term projects)

A view from the inside: House of Lords (youtube video)

A view from the inside: House of Commons (youtube video)

See also page on Policy and Research


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.  Many, but not all, are not-for-profit organisations.  Internships, often unpaid, are offered by some think tanks.

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 


List of Organisations:

Adam Smith Institute

Centre for Policy Studies

Chatham House


David Hume Institute


European Policy Centre

Fabian Society

Institute for Development Studies

Institute for Economic Affairs

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Institute for Public Policy Research

New Economics Foundation

New Policy Institute

Policy Exchange



Reform Scotland

Social Affairs Unit

Social Market Foundation

Think Tanks - information and links from Oxford University Careers Service


Job sites and specialist recruiters

Euro Brussels internships and trainee positions 

Government Statistical Service Recruitment - Information on the Office for National Statistics website 

Work for an MP

Working in Parliament

Faststream careers in the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament Faststream (pdf)

Directory of companies offering graduate training from AQR


Useful Organisations - Private Sector

GfK NOP Social Research 

MrWeb The Market Research Industry Online


Further Study 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - The UK'S leading research and training agency addressing social and economic issues

Institute for Social Marketing Includes useful information including case studies

Social Research Association Training Programmes

Social Research Courses postgraduate level in the United Kingdom


Professional bodies

Association of Profesional Political Consultants

Association of Qualiative Research

Social Research Association SRA


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.