Senior Researcher, UK Net Zero

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Number of Positions:
1
Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
Ongoing
Salary:
Competitive
Working Hours:
35 per week
Location:
London
Closing Date:
29/08/2022
Job Category:
Policy
Business Area / Division:
UK Policy Team
Business Unit:
United Kingdom

Job Introduction

This role sits in the UK policy team and research unit of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Part of the wider Policy Futures team at the Institute, we produce, commission and curate high-quality empirical analysis with a view to developing a radical but practical policy platform to renew the centre ground of politics. With a primary focus on the UK, our aim is to develop an exciting, positive agenda for change to improve people’s lives and strengthen liberal democracy against a rising tide of angry populism.

We are looking to hire an exceptional candidate to work on Net Zero policy, reporting to the Head of Net Zero in the UK Policy Team. You will be responsible for developing elements of an evidence-based narrative and policy agenda for how the UK can reach net zero emissions by 2050. You will lead the research and development of ideas, that are realistic but radical, backed by evidence, and capable of broad public appeal. You will have significant experience of working with policy and analysis within the climate agenda. You will be comfortable producing and using economic and technical analysis to guide and justify your policy ideas and be able to position them within the big picture of the climate, fiscal and political challenges facing the UK today.

Key Responsibilities

  • Researching and developing a coherent, radical centrist agenda for certain sectors of the net zero agenda (initial focus will be discussed at interview and is flexible to the candidates experience)
  • Drafting compelling reports and blogs that elucidate the policy challenges and solutions
  • Developing an influential network of external stakeholder and experts to maximise impact on the wider policy debate around climate change and the net zero agenda
  • Conceiving and developing panel events and seminars with external experts to inform the Institute’s thinking on climate and energy issues and raise profile
  • Commissioning and managing analytical work with external specialists and being comfortable in interpreting and using data to analyse, communicate and substantiate ideas

Person Specification

  • Experience working within policy, strategy and/or analysis of the net zero agenda
  • A passion for using analysis and creativity to provide radical policy solutions that can help to revitalise the centre ground of politics
  • A good grasp of economic concepts, markets and comfortable using quantitative analysis
  • Willingness and ability to cultivate a network of key stakeholders to support the development of the Institute’s thinking and the impactful dissemination of its emerging views
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate complex ideas succinctly and enthusiastically, whether in person or on the page
  • Experience of promoting work and ideas and/or organising events
  • You will also be an agile team player, capable of working reactively to provide briefing and commentary on current events alongside the longer-term pieces
  • You will have a degree (or higher) in a social science or a related field

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.