Sophia Gaston

Sophia Gaston

Visiting Fellow

Institute of Global Affairs

About me

Sophia is a social and political researcher, who 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. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the LSE's Institute for Global Affairs and the Director of the Centre for Social and Political Risk, based at the Henry Jackson Society. 

 Until June 2018, Sophia was the Deputy Director and Head of International Research at Demos think tank, where she produced a number of large-scale investigations into issues such as: the cultural and political influence of 'nostalgia' in Britain, France and Germany; the media and populism in the UK and Germany; and a six-country study into the rise of social, cultural and economic insecurity in Europe. 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.