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Social Research

Government Social Research (GSR) is the analytical profession within Government for Civil Servants who generate and provide social and behavioural research and advice. The GSR is committed to becoming a community of greater diversity and inclusion, and to the core values of the Civil Service: integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

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How to apply for a Social Research position in government

Thinking of applying to be a government social researcher? Consider applying for our annual recruitment drive for entry-level social researchers, the Government Social Research Mainstream.

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About us

The Government Social Research profession supports the development, implementation, review and evaluation of government policy.

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Events and Learning Opportunities

As a Government Social Researcher, you’ll contribute to the identification, investigation and reporting of social trends, the development of government policy, and the monitoring and evaluation of how policies make a difference to public services.

“I’ve found it really rewarding to be a part of work helping to make a difference.”

Abbie Foulger

Research Intern, College of Policing, GSR Placement Student

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Our routes into the profession

Degree Apprenticeship Programme

Research Officer Scheme

Sandwich Student Placement Scheme

Fast Stream Scheme