Jonathan Roberts is Teaching Director and Senior Lecturer in Practice at the Marshall Institute. He leads the development of teaching activities at the Institute, including a new executive MSc programme in Social Business and Entrepreneurship (from 2018) and a Marshall Institute specialism within LSE’s Master in Public Administration programme, the MPA in Social Impact.
Jonathan holds a PhD from the Department of Social Policy at LSE, for which he received the Titmuss prize. He has taught and lectured at LSE on behavioural public policy, on social enterprise and on the relationship between government and the voluntary sector. In addition to his work at the Institute he teaches Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management at the School of Public Policy, UCL. He is a classicist by training, having received a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining LSE he worked for a number of UK charities, a set of experiences which raised significant questions about the challenges and opportunities of private action for public benefit and which stimulated his academic teaching and research.
Jonathan’s research interests include motivations and altruism, trust in public services, and the role of social enterprises and mutual organisations in public service delivery. He has a particular interest in education, pre-school and family policy. His doctoral research explored how parents trust pre-school childcare provision. He has recently completed a study of young adults who co-reside with their parents post-university (the so-called ‘boomerang generation’), and was a major contributor to a study of European philanthropic foundations. He is currently researching public service mutuals and children’s centres. His work has been published in social policy, education, sociology and public administration journals.
Jonathan serves on the governing body of a state primary school in south London and on the advisory committee of the Pen Green Research, Development and Training Base in Northamptonshire.