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Why join Our World in Data?

At Our World in Data, we believe that understanding how and why the world has changed in the past is vital for making well-informed decisions to make a better future. And we believe that the most important changes in the world – the ones that happen slowly and steadily over many years – are not covered well by the daily news which often focus on single events.

This is why we present data and research on the long-term trends that reshape our worldglobal povertyCO₂ emissionsfertility ratesmental health, and many more topics – and our goal is to find the best ways to communicate this research with a broad audience.

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We reach a large audience (over 1 million visitors per month) and we rank high on Google Search for queries like CO₂ emissions, population growth, global poverty and others. Our visitors range from students and school children doing their classwork, to journalists, teachers, researchers and policymakers, looking for the data and research to inform their work.

We receive lots of great feedback from readers and this is very motivating for us to work on this publication. We have heard from teachers and professors who take our charts for in-class presentations, and to enhance their lesson plans and reading lists. And we have even heard from psychotherapists who’ve used our work with their patients to give them a more fact-based, positive attitude towards the world.

Our work is cited and referenced in hundreds of articles, reports, books, lectures, videos and talks every year, including high-profile publications from academics and multilateral organizations such as the UN.

But we are far from the impact we could have. There is a lot more we can do, in all areas of our work – research, writing, web development and collaborations. This is why we need your help.

What is it like to work for Our World in Data?

Team: We are a lovely bunch of people with an overwhelming passion for what we do. Well, of course we are a bit biased here. But it’s perhaps not an exaggeration to say most of us would still want to contribute to the project even in the absence of a paid role. And outside of work, we are all good friends.

Flexibility: The type of work we do can be carried out from anywhere. We are currently a global team – this lets us find the best people without a geographical constraint. We are in constant contact electronically.

Audience: We receive tremendous support and engagement from our many readers. The feedback and discussion that our content generates creates a mutual learning experience between us and our readers. It is our job to publish on global development issues; mutual respect is not always a given online. You quickly develop a thick skin. Nonetheless, 95% of the feedback is respectful and constructive, and we find this part of our work very motivating.

Contact: Because we are a fairly unique project with a wide reach and because we bridge the gap between academia on the one side and high-level policy, international journalism, and a wide range of creative people on the other side we often work and are in close contact with fantastic people and institutions.

Learning: We learn every day. By studying the data, by working through the research, through discussions with the other members of the team, or from the many readers we engage with. It is for all of us a personal goal to understand our world a bit better every day. This makes working on Our World in Data an exciting journey for all of us.

We are always keen to hear from people passionate about our mission. Please feel free get in touch with us about any opportunities at even if we currently don’t advertise the right role for you.