British Council research generates a wealth of evidence and insight on arts and culture, education, and the English language. We offer leading expertise and analysis on how these sectors generate soft power, build trust and understanding, and support peace and prosperity around the world. 

Our research underpins our own cultural relations  programmes, partnerships and strategy, and provides a rich source of trusted evidence and thought leadership for our stakeholders in the UK and overseas. We use our expertise to inform policy, shape dialogue, and build strong partnerships that make a difference in local and global communities. 

20K+ 18-34 year olds surveyed every two years measuring trust, attraction, and soft power across the G20 nations

The Research and Insight team oversees the generation, management and sharing of this knowledge. 

Collaboration and knowledge exchange are at the heart of our team’s ethos. We work together with policy makers, researchers and practitioners to advance collective understanding and develop evidence-led approaches. We also play a leading role within the wider global research community at the British Council by helping colleagues to stay informed about the latest insight and evidence and feel empowered to apply this knowledge to practice.  

50K+ young people involved in our participatory Next Generation series since 2015 supporting youth policy making 

We commission and support research across disciplines, sectors and regions, with an emphasis on participatory approaches that harness the unique knowledge and expertise that is held in our global network. We are committed to generating knowledge that is equitable, inclusive and aligned to the highest standards of ethical practice.

200 + publications available sharing expertise on cultural relations through arts, education and the English language

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