Stephen is a researcher in the Valuing What Matters team at the New Economics Forum. He is leading the team’s work on innovation in criminal justice policy. Prior to this, he was part of nef’s Democracy and Participation programme where he explored new forms of participatory democracy and led a major public engagement project on the use of patient data within the NHS. Other interests include social media, the relationship between political participation and volunteering, the use of technology in public engagement and electoral and political reform. Before joining nef, Stephen worked in education policy with an emphasis on further education and the qualifications and examinations system. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Birkbeck College, University of London
The Big Society in (in)action
You can't encourage volunteering by cutting the professionals who the volunteers depend on.
Never let it be said that at the new economics foundation we don’t practice what we preach. For few months, nef staff have been volunteering with disabled children’s riding lessons at Vauxhall City Farm. Researchers more used to writing papers on social capital, well-being... Read more
about 2 years ago