Jonathan Boyd is the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), an independent UK-based research centre and think-tank that provides data and policy insight on contemporary Jewish issues for organisations working to support Jewish life in the UK and across Europe.
A specialist in contemporary Jewry, he holds a doctorate in education from the University of Nottingham UK, and a BA and MA in Modern Jewish History from University College London. He was formerly a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Israel, and has held professional positions in research and policy at the JDC International Centre for
Community Development in London and Paris, the Jewish Agency for Israel in London and New York, and the UK-based United Jewish Israel Appeal and Holocaust Educational Trust.
He is a columnist for the Jewish Chronicle, his writings have been published in various newspapers, publications and journals, and he is the editor of The Sovereign and the Situated Self: Jewish Identity and Community in the 21st Century (Profile Books, 2003).
He is a board member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) and the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. His current work focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on Jews in the UK and around the world, antisemitism in the UK and across
Europe, European Jewish demography and sociology, Jewish education and Jewish peoplehood. He was the academic director for the 2018 European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) study of Jewish perceptions and experiences of antisemitism in
thirteen EU Member States, which was conducted by JPR in partnership with the international polling agency, Ipsos. He oversees management of the European Jewish Research Archive – an open access depository of research conducted about European
Jews since 1990 – and in 2019 established JPR’s new European Jewish Demography Unit which generates up-to-date demographic statistics for European Jewish communities to support community planning across the continent.
His recent publications include: Hidden effects: the mental health of the UK’s Jewish population during the COVID-19 pandemic (JPR, 2020); Young Jewish Europeans: Perceptions and Experiences of Antisemitism (JPR/FRA/European Commission, 2019); The apartheid contention and calls for a boycott (JPR, 2019); Synagogue membership in the UK in 2016 (JPR, 2017); and Searching for community: A portrait of undergraduate Jewish students in five UK cities (JPR, 2016)