Deborah Mattinson on David Cameron's impact on Britain

5th October 2015

Deborah was interviewed by Janan Ganesh on BBC Radio 4 as part of a documentary called 'Will Cameron Change Britain?'

You can listen back to the documentary here

Deborah Mattinson on the Daily Politics to discuss Corbyn conference speech

30th September 2015

Deborah was on the Daily Politics on Tuesday to discuss BritainThinks' research with swing voters after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

You can watch the programme here.

Revisiting Battleground Britain: what swing voters make of Corbyn

29th September 2015

Having conducted a research project with swing voters in the run-up to the election in collaboration with The Guardian, we decided to revisit them after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.

You can read the Guardian's coverage of the research here and Deborah Mattinson's comment here.



BritainThinks' Deborah Mattinson gives her verdict on Jeremy Corbyn's first week

21st September 2015

The Observer consulted a panel of experts on how they thought Jeremy Corbyn fared in his first week. 

Read Deborah Mattinson's verdict here.

BritainThinks' Ben Shimshon on public perceptions of the civil litigation system and third party litigation funding

17th September 2015

Ben Shimshon, Founder Director, describes recent research to understand public perceptions of civil litigation in England and Wales and finds that, as the public learns more, third party investors in English civil court cases face deep public concern. You can read the article here

Revisiting our panel of swing voters ahead of the Labour leadership election

14th September 2015

Over the course of the General Election campaign earlier this year, we conducted Battleground Britain: a research project, in collaboration with The Guardian, looking at the views and experiences of swing voters. Our panel consisted of 60 swing voters in 5 key 'battleground' constituencies across the UK

Ahead of the Labour leadership election on September 12th, we surveyed our panel of swing voters to understand how they feel a few months on from the General Election and what their attitudes to the Labour leadership contest are.

You can find a summary report, including an overview of the findings from this online survey, below.

You can see some of the Guardian's coverage here.

Paid internship at BritainThinks

3rd July 2015

Paid internship at BritainThinks

About the internship

Start date: Monday 27th July (with some flexibility)

Duration: 3 months

Hours: Full-time Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, with the expectation that you will be able to work some evenings and early mornings

Pay: London Living Wage (£411.75 per week)

Application deadline: 9am on Monday 13th July

Interviews: Due to take place in the week commencing 20th July

We are a young and fast-growing independent research consultancy which puts public and stakeholder opinion at the heart of our clients' thinking. Our research methodologies span all qualitative and quantitative techniques, and we have a diverse client base across the private, public and third sectors. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to take a look at our website for more information about who we are and what we do, including some previous reports.

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic and hard-working intern to provide logistical support across the full range of our research projects and administrative support in the office. Interns at BritainThinks gain exposure to all elements of our work, including attending client meetings, seeing focus groups and workshops live in action, and feeding in to the brainstorming and analysis process. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to embark on a career in social and market research or in communications. We also have a strong track record of bringing on our best-performing interns as permanent members of the team.

About you

You must:

• Have an excellent academic record
• Have graduated or completed postgraduate studies in the past two years
• Have taken an interest in extra-curricular activities outside your studies or paid work to date
• Be able to use MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel to a high degree of proficiency
• Have strong communication skills, on paper, in person and on the phone
• Be organised and able to multi-task
• Be able and willing to work full-time and some evenings or early mornings
• Be legally entitled to work in the UK

Ideally you would also have some previous theoretical or practical exposure to qualitative or quantitative research methodologies (e.g. through academic studies or work experience).

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please send the following to Nicola at

• A one page covering letter, which sets out clearly why you're applying for an internship at BritainThinks, why you're right for the role and any previous relevant experience you have in managing a project or conducting research
• Your CV

Please send both your CV and covering letter together in one attachment with your full name as the filename.

We will notify candidates shortlisted for an interview by 6pm on Tuesday 14th July. Please note that, while we will try our best to contact all unsuccessful candidates, this may not be possible due to high numbers of applicants.

Deborah Mattinson on how research industry can re-engage public in politics for MRS

9th June 2015

Deborah Mattinson, Founder Director of BritainThinks, contributed an article to the Market Research Society on how the research industry can help re-engage the public in politics. You can read the article here.

Ethnographic research into the reality of living in fuel poverty

21st May 2015

BritainThinks was commissioned by Centrica Plc to explore the reality of living in fuel poverty, with a view to identifying ways of helping people in fuel poverty access the support they need.

Using in-home and mobile ethnographic approaches, we achieved a holistic understanding of people’s situations, including the pressure points that they face day-to-day, and real-time accounts of their experiences looking for support that might help them.

Our approach gave us a rich and visual account of what it means to live in fuel poverty. As well as the content uploaded by participants via their mobile phones, we filmed the in-home ethnography sessions so that we could illustrate our findings in a true-to-life, compelling way.

By understanding the range of different experiences of living in fuel poverty, this research helped to identify the most effective ways of enabling people to access available support. We explored the real and perceived barriers to accessing support and were able to identify a number of ways of improving communications and creating a more effective support network.

Deborah Mattinson discusses why the polls got it so wrong

12th May 2015

Deborah joins head pollsters on Radio 4's 'More or Less' to discuss the imperfect science of polling 

Listen to the clip here