About us

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is one of Britain’s most influential and prestigious independent research centres.

It specialises in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Further information about NIESR is available at www.niesr.ac.uk

Why work for us

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain's longest established independent research institute, founded in 1938. The vision of our founders was to carry out research to improve understanding of the economic and social forces that affect people’s lives, and the ways in which policy can bring about change.

Over seventy-five years later, this remains central to NIESR’s ethos. We continue to apply our expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods and our understanding of economic and social issues to current debates and to influence policy.

The Institute is independent of all party political interests. We receive no core funding from government and are not affiliated to any single university, although our staff regularly undertake projects in collaboration with leading academic institutions.