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Social Economist

Type: full
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC-212
The Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.  We focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness.  We operate at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities. We convene the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.
We are seeking an enthusiastic Social Economist to join our Economics & Impact Team.  The role will support a broad range of analysis on the social and economic impacts of new technologies across a number of domains, including mobility and the built environment.  This is an exciting time to join a team that is conducting ground-breaking analysis and thought leadership on the impacts of new and innovative products, services and technologies. You should be passionate and skilled at conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis throughout various stages of programme lifecycles from bidding for funding to supporting feasibility studies, pilots or large-scale trials.
The Economics & Impact Team supports project across the whole Connected Places Catapult and as such you will typically be working on multi-disciplinary projects with engineers, data scientists, planners, modellers, software developers, environmental specialists, social researchers, designers and a diverse range of external stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake socio-economic analysis on a diverse range of subject areas such that the impacts of new innovations on society and the economy can be understood.
  • Devising new approaches and metrics to impact assessment across a wide range of project types, locations and subject areas.
  • Develop and apply social economics evaluation and appraisal techniques, for example using the latest health and wellbeing indicators.
  • Undertake data analysis, horizon scanning, roadmap development and research as required to meet project needs.
  • Produce high quality reports, analysis, graphs, charts, blog posts and case studies to enable the findings of your analysis to be disseminated either within the project team or more widely on behalf of the catapult.
  • Providing expertise and content support to various projects across the catapult, while supporting the activities of other colleagues.


Required skills and experience

  • You will possess a degree in economics, social science, humanities, or a similar field.
  • You should have excellent, statistical, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You should have a thorough understanding of economic theory and methods that enable you to analyse complex societal benefits and impacts of new innovations.
  • You will be able to use economic models and conduct statistical analyses.
  • You will be able to present the results of your analyses in high quality written reports.
  • Your background in socioeconomics should enable you to have a thorough knowledge about, how different markets work, about economic growth, and about trade with other countries.
  • You will be able to work with large data sets, for example to find societal and economic correlations and association.
  • You should be experienced in statistical analysis and theory and able to perform analyses with statistical software packages.
  • You should have an interest in technology and innovation and how this could be used to improve the built environment, mobility and wellbeing.



  • Geospatial analysis is one of the key techniques that we use to understand the impact on place. Experience of undertaking geospatial analysis and working with systems such as ARC-GIS is highly desirable for this role.
  • Data analysis and/or visualisation experience using python or other statistical and programming software is also highly desirable.

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