Johnny Runge

Johnny Runge is a Principal Social Researcher at NIESR and Research Associate at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). He is mainly a qualitative researcher, with expertise in interviews, focus groups, survey, evaluation, content analysis and evidence reviews.

Research Interests

His main interest is in the area of public perceptions, especially on immigration attitudes and how people think about the economy and economic concepts. He also researches education and labour market disadvantage, including on issues related to barriers to employment and educational achievement, low pay, recruitment, welfare reform and disadvantaged groups. His research has been funded by the Office for National Statistics, Leverhulme Trust, Low Pay Commission, Office of Manpower Economics, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Education Endowment Foundation.


2014-15 – MSc Comparative Political Economy (Distinction) at LSE
2010-13 – BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class) at Durham University


2019- present – Senior Social Researcher, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2018 – present – Research Associate,  Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
2016 – 2019 – Social Researcher, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2016 – EU Researcher, Policy Network
2015-16 – Research Intern, Constitution Unit, University College London
2013-14 – Political and Economic Trainee, Danish Embassy in Greece, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2009-10 -Primary and Secondary School Teacher, Bjørnehøjskolen

Additional Information

Current projects

Public Understanding of Economic Statistics, for the Economist Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE)

Modelling and Communicating Data Uncertainty, for the Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE)

Evaluation of Is Britain Fairer? 2018, for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Evaluation of Tips by Text, for the Education Endowment Foundation.

Evaluation of Supervision of Designated Safeguarding Leads in Secondary Schools, for What Works for Children’s Social Care.


Runge, J., Lasko-Skinner, R., Rolfe, H., & Carr, H. (2021) Understanding Individuals’ Recruitment Experiences, Centre for Ageing Better, NIESR & Demos.

Runge, J. (2021) Public understanding of the economics impacts of Covid-19, NIESR, ESRC.

Stokes, L., Dorsett, R., Manzoni, C., Runge, J. & Xu, L. (2021) Supervision of Designated Safeguarding Leads in Primary Schools in Bolton, What Works for Children Social Care, NIESR.

Runge, J. & Hudson, N. (2020) Public Understanding of Economics and Economic Statistics, ESCoE, NIESR, Office for National Statistics.

Hudson, N. & Runge, J. (2020) Recruitment of workers into low-paid occupations and industries, Equality and Human Rights Commission, NIESR.

Dawson, A, Stokes, L., Huxley, C., Runge, J., Takala, H., Manzoni, C., Hudson-Sharp, N., Williams, C. (2020) Early Years Toolbox: Pilot evaluation report, Education Endowment Foundation, NIESR and IES.

Wright, H. Carr, C., Wiese, J., Stokes, L., Runge, J., Dorsett, R., Heal, J., Anders, J. (2020) URLEY: Evaluation report, Education Endowment Foundation, NIESR and BIT.

Rolfe, H., Runge, J., Srinivisan, S. (2020) The value of economic statistics: Baseline report, ESCoE Technical Report.

Galvao, A., Mitchell, J., Runge, J. (2019) Communicating Data Uncertainty: Experimental Evidence for U.K. GDP, ESCoE Discussion Paper.

Hudson-Sharp, N., Manzoni, C., Rolfe, H., Runge, J. (2019) Understanding employers’ use of the National Minimum Wage youth rates, Low Pay Commission, NIESR.

Runge, J., Munro-Lott, N., & Buzzeo, J. (2019) Pilot report: Embedding contextualisation in English and Maths GCSE post-16 teaching, Education Endowment Evaluation, NIESR.

Foliano, F., Rolfe, H., Buzzeo, J., Runge, J., & Wilkinson, D. (2019) Evaluation report: Changing mindset: Effectiveness trial, Education Endowment Foundation, NIESR.

Rolfe, H., Runge, J., & Hudson-Sharp, N. (2019) Immigration Policy from Post-War to Post-Brexit: How New Immigration Policy can Reconcile Public Attitudes and Employer Preferences, National Institute Economic Review, 248(1).

Wright, H., Dorsett, R., Anders, J., Buzzeo, J., Runge, J. and Sanders, M. (2019) Improving Working Memory: Evaluation Report, Education Endowment Foundation, BIT.

Rolfe, H., Ahlstrom-Vij, K., Hudson-Sharp, N. and Runge, J. (2018) Post-Brexit immigration policy: Reconciling public attitudes with economic evidence, Leverhulme Trust, NIESR.

Hudson-Sharp, N., Munro-Lott, N., Rolfe, H, and Runge, J. (2018) The impact of welfare reform and welfare-to-work programmes: an evidence review, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Research report 111, NIESR.

Speckesser, S., Runge, J., Foliano, F., Bursnall, M., Hudson-Sharp, N., Rolfe, H., Anders, J. (2018) Embedding Formative Assessment: Evaluation report, Education Endowment Foundation, NIESR.

Runge, J., Hudson-Sharp, N. and Rolfe, H. (2017) Use of agency workers in the public sector, Office of Manpower Economics, NIESR.

Runge, J. (2017) The changing world of work, Unions21, NIESR.

Hudson-Sharp, N. and Runge, J. (2017) International trends in insecure work, TUC, NIESR.


Runge, J. (2020) What will be the impact of Covid-19 on public attitudes to immigration? Economics Observatory.

Aitken, A., Manzoni, C., Runge, J. (2019) Past, present and future of immigration, NIESR General Election Briefing, Nuffield Foundation.

Aitken, A., Hudson-Sharp, N., Runge, J. (2019) The future path of the minimum wage, NIESR 2019 General Election Briefing, Nuffield Foundation.

Runge, J., Hudson-Sharp, N., Manzoni, C. (2019) Youth Rates: The National Minimum Wage for younger workers, NIESR Briefing, ESRC

Runge, J. (2019) Overview of evidence on economic impacts of EU immigration, NIESR Briefing, ESRC.

Runge, J. (2019) Overview of evidence on UK public attitudes to immigration, NIESR Briefing, ESRC.

Blogs and opinion pieces

The UK public are confused about government borrowing and debt, 2 March 2021 (NIESR blog)

Public Understanding of Economics, 21 January 2021 (Feature in Royal Economics Society newsletter)

Public Understanding of Economics and Economic Statistics, 26 November 2020 (ESCoE blog)

We forgot about immigration – will this turn out to be a grave mistake?, 9 December 2019 (NIESR Blog)

The precarious success of the national minimum wage, 4 December 2019 (Prospect)

Younger workers: the political battle ahead on the National Minimum Wage, 6 November 2019 (Personnel Today)

EU migrants contribute to UK public finances, but the money hasn’t gone where it’s needed, 24 May 2019 (LSE British Politics and Policy)

Why the government’s crackdown on low-skilled migration is at odds with the public mood, 25 April 2019 (LSE British Politics and Policy)

Are Britons Really Softening on Immigration, 18 October 2018 (Project Syndicate)

People’s perception of EU immigration: it’s the economy, stupid! 10 October 2018 (NIESR)

Government ‘analysis’ on equality impacts flawed, but that is no excuse not to act, 14 March 2018 (NIESR)

Agencies help address teacher shortages but risk exposing schools to market forces, 21 February 2017 (NIESR)

Making good progress? Putting formative assessment to the test, 12 July 2018 (NIESR)

A new kind of workers’ party? 22 July 2016 (Policy Network)

A constitutional convention for the UK? What we can learn from two pilot citizens’ assemblies, 18 February 2016, with Adem Ruggiero-Cakir (Constitution Unit)