Freelance Author - Public Policy

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Established in 2016, the EIU’s Public Policy Consulting practice produces public-facing research and engagement programmes that use evidence and data to drive change on headline public policy issues.


We focus on 8 flagship policy areas, including education, technology and infrastructure, but each of our projects project is unique. In the past 12 months we have examined, among others:


To view more sample projects and deliverables, please visit:

To help deliver future projects, we are looking to expand our network of freelance public policy authors.


We are looking for freelance authors who can:

  • Get deep into the research on a public policy topic, including reviewing the findings and nuances of leading academic studies and datasets
  • Supplement existing research by conducting interviews with prominent experts and thinkers and drawing out new insights
  • Convert dense evidence into a concise and engaging narrative, that draws in potential readers, eschews jargon and provides actionable findings
  • Are available to work on a freelance basis and can commit sufficient time to projects
  • Have 3-5 years of experience writing public facing reports on policy issues and trends (or at least 5+ examples of similar work). 

How an engagement works

  • All EIU projects are delivered by a full-time team of project managers, consultants and researchers, based in our offices across the world
  • For suitable projects, the EIU project team will hire a freelance author to lead the write-up of an individual deliverable. Note: All freelance authors must be first registered on the EIU’s contributor database
  • As a starting point, we will send a project brief with the scope of work (including requirements, timeframe, delivery dates, and fee) to suitable authors in our contributor network
  • Following alignment with an author, we will send them a signed contributor agreement confirming the full scope of work 
  • During the project, we expect the author to available for scheduled catch-up calls, and to send research updates and interim deliverables (e.g. a short 5 page structure document)
  • Following submission of the core deliverable, we expect the author to be available to respond timely to change requests from the EIU and/or the client

Experience, skills and professional attributes

How to apply


To apply to join The EIU’s contributor network of public policy authors, please send the following information:

  • A CV and a brief cover letter summarising your relevant past writing experience
  • 1-2 relevant writing samples (max)
  • General expected availability for the next 6-12 months (e.g. an average of X days per month)
  • A standard day rate


Please note:

  • Due to the high number of applications we receive, we cannot respond to all applicants
  • Being accepted onto the EIU’s contributor database does not guarantee that we will send your requests to work on projects. All requests are based on business needs


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