How diverse is the social research profession?

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Social research plays an important role in understanding real-world issues and giving voice to diverse communities across the UK. But how diverse is the social research sector itself, and how representative is it of wider society?

We are working with the Social Research Association, supported by Power to Change and Kantar Public, on research to understand who is working in the sector and explore experiences of diversity, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of equality, diversity and inclusion in the social research profession.

We want to hear from those who work in the social research sector in the UK – in the public sector, research agencies and institutes, charities, academia, freelancers, think tanks, and other settings where research into social issues takes place. We’ll also be conducting follow-up interviews with a selection of respondents for further valuable insight.

Questions include:

  • What are the barriers and enablers for improved inclusivity?
  • What needs to happen for the profession to be representative of the UK population?
  • What works well in fostering diversity and inclusivity within the social research sector?

If you’re a social researcher, we’d love you to contribute to the project. Your 15-25 minutes to take part will help to shape a fairer and more diverse future for the sector. You can participate here:

The deadline for responses is 18th February 2021, please share this with other people you know who work in the social research field.

The findings of this survey will be published in early 2021. Keep an eye on our website and social channels for further information or you can drop the team a note at

We are very grateful to Kantar Public for permission to use several survey questions from their Inclusion Index.  This has made a significant contribution to the design of the questionnaire.


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