James Sweetland

Senior Researcher

I grew up in Surrey, before moving to London for my undergraduate degree in International Relations at KCL. After that, I completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford University, where my research focused on encryption policy across Western states.

Prior to joining Reform, I worked as an analyst in the policing sector, where I led a landmark review of all 43 Police and Crime Plans produced in England and Wales. In addition, I previously worked for the think tank Demos, delivering policy reports on topics including the corporate tax system, the UK-US response to cybercrime, and post-pandemic food.

My favourite Reformer is...

Barbara Castle, for bringing in the Equal Pay Act, breathalyser tests to tackle drunk-driving, and mandatory seatbelts.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

My legs.