Research Fellow, Environment & Energy Unit

Salary: £27,000 – £33,000

Policy Exchange is one of the UK’s most influential think-tanks, which produces widely praised and highly influential pieces of public policy research. Policy Exchange’s award winning Environment & Energy Unit was established in 2008, and conducts innovative and independent policy research into a wide range of environmental, infrastructure and regulatory challenges.

We’re ambitious about the next phase of our work. We know that reaching net zero emissions and reversing ecological decline will require much bolder, deeper and broader policy solutions than the UK has implemented so far. This will affect every aspect of British life and society. Policy Exchange plans to lead the way with policy solutions that deliver economic, social and environmental prosperity.

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced analyst to contribute to our energy and environment research work. The successful applicant will work with a diverse mix of Ministers and Shadow Ministers; civil servants; Special Advisers; MPs; NGOs; academics and others to:

  • Investigate and write research proposals on a range of topics
  • Secure sponsorship to support these projects
  • Identify and manage external academic consultants to work on these projects, and author reports yourself
  • Help to maintain the existing media profile of the work of the Unit
  • Maintain cross-party dialogue with politicians and policymakers about the findings of your reports
  • Organise and chair relevant events and seminars
  • Provide thoughts and specialist perspective on the wider work of Policy Exchange.

The role offers a chance to be at the forefront of public debate in one of the most compelling, controversial and high-profile policy areas, during a period of significant change.

To be a strong candidate, you should demonstrate the following:

  • A strong understanding of and interest in energy and/or environment policy.
  • A good degree in a relevant subject. A postgraduate qualification in a related area is desirable.
  • 2-8 years’ relevant professional experience in policy-making and/or policy-related research and/or relevant commercial experience.
  • An interest in contemporary politics.
  • Communication skills, especially written.
  • Broadly supportive of market-based and localist solutions to public policy questions.
  • Good networking skills.

To apply, please send

  1. A CV no longer than two sides of A4 paper


  1. A short essay of 500-750 words on one of these topics (tables/footnotes/graphics need not be included in the word count):
    • Why isn’t the global shipping industry decarbonising faster? What could the UK do about it?
    • Grouse moors and the environment: discuss
    • What should be on the agenda at COP26?
    • Was Goldsmiths University right to ban beef on campus? What does this mean for public policy?
    • How can British policymakers encourage more innovation in the energy sector?

by 20th September.

We encourage applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and appoint on merit.