Jonathan Buzzeo


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Senior Research Fellow

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Jonathan re-joined IES in November 2017, having previously worked for IES from 2013-2016. During his time in applied social research, his work has primarily focused on: youth transitions; careers advice and guidance; educational and labour market disadvantage; and the links between these areas. He has worked for a range of clients on these topics including government departments and third sector organisations. Jonathan is also interested in social attitudes towards key public policy issues such as welfare and migration – how they are formed, and affect, contest, or lend support to government policy – as well as strategies to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

He specialises in qualitative research approaches and their application in public policy research through, for instance, implementation and process evaluations. His qualitative research skills include designing research tools, managing and conducting fieldwork, and undertaking telephone and face-to-face interviews, as well as focus group discussions, with a range of participants.

He is familiar with overseeing the management and analysis of qualitative data, utilising framework and code-based approaches as well as specialist software packages such as Atlas.ti. Jonathan is also skilled in designing and administrating online questionnaires via different platforms, and in analysing survey data. He is experienced in project management having led teams within the Institute, and has worked in collaboration with project partners and clients, from research design stage to the delivery of the final research outputs.

Prior to re-joining IES, Jonathan was employed at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) where he worked as a Senior Social Researcher. In this role, he oversaw the process evaluation of several teaching and learning interventions, which were being trialled in primary and secondary educational settings on behalf of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).


2012 Newcastle University MA, Politics (Research)
2011 Northumbria University BA, Politics


2017- Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
2016-17 Senior Social Researcher, National Institute for Economic and Social Research
2015-16 Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
2013-15 Research Officer, Institute for Employment Studies

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Overview of Young, Employed and Homeless report , Buzzeo J, Conservative Party Conference, Centrepoint Fringe Event, Manchester, September 2019
  • Overview of Young, Employed and Homeless report , Buzzeo J, Labour Party Conference, Centrepoint Fringe Event, Brighton, September 2019