LIVE EVENT – Election Fever: how can think tanks make the most of the UK General Election

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 from 16:00 to 17:30 (GMT)
Centre For Cities, 59-65 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PQ

With just 6 months until polling day, the next election looms large on the horizon. Think tanks can’t ignore it and business-as-usual for research led organisations seems impossible in such a politically charged atmosphere. What should we do? What are we allowed to do (particularly in light of the Lobbying Act)? And how can Comms teams help their Wonks to get it done? Bite the ballot, don’t spoil your paper. Join us in person, via live stream or follow #WonkComms for ideas, opinions, debate & discussion on how can think tanks make the most of the UK General Election.


Andrew Carter – Acting Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Rafael Behr – political columnist at the Guardian and former political editor of the New Statesman
Sonia Sodha – Associate, Demos
Jenny Ricks – Head of Campaigns, ActionAid UK`
Stephanie Lis – Institute of Economic Affairs

Sophie Gaston – Press and External Affairs, Centre for Cities


I am Digital Manager at UNISON. My core area of interest is in digital tools and content strategy. As Digital Manager at the Overseas Development Institute, I developed a digital strategy awarded Online Strategy of the Year at the Digital Communications Awards 2012. I have written extensively on digital strategy and monitoring and evaluation, primarily on how they can support research communications with impact. I am also a founder of WonkComms, a popular community of practice for think tank communications staff. In this capacity, I am a member of the blog editorial board, commissioning and editing blogs and regularly formulate, speak at and chair events held at various UK think tank HQs in London and more widely.

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