Sophia Gaston
director, Centre for Social and Political Risk, Henry Jackson Society; visiting research fellow, London School of Economics

Sophia Gaston is the director of the Centre for Social and Political Risk, based at the Henry Jackson Society and holds a visiting research fellowship at the Institute of Global Affairs in the London School of Economics. A social and political researcher, she conducts international, citizen-focused projects on social and cultural crises, political change, the media and democracy – with a focus on threats to governance in Western nations. 

Until June 2018, Sophia was the deputy director and head of international research at Demos think tank. She has formerly held research and strategic roles in a range of UK and international NGOs, the civil service, and private sector. She holds a first class honours master’s degree in political communication and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Follow Sophia on Twitter: @sophgaston

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