We work across and between boundaries
We create safe spaces for difficult conversations
We work with overwhelming experiences
We work with hidden (sometimes unconscious) factors
We put theory and knowledge into practice
We bring rigour, reflection and care to our work
We work with the unexpected

Who We Are

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. It was established as a not for profit organisation with charitable purpose in 1947.

The Institute is engaged with evaluation and action research, organisational development and change consultancy, executive coaching and professional development, all in service of supporting sustainable change and ongoing learning.

The TIHR is dedicated to the study of human relations for the purpose of bettering working life and conditions for all humans within their organisations, communities and broader societies and to the influence of environment in all its aspects on the formation or development of human character or capacity; to conduct research and provide opportunities for learning through experience for this purpose; to publish the results of such study and research; to train students in or for any branches of the said study.

The Institute has a history of working with organisations and sectors that are required to look at systemic questions to achieve greater and more effective change. As a not-for-profit social science enterprise we continue to operate as a bridge between policy and research in that our staff always ask the questions ‘so..?’ when faced with any data- what does the data mean? And, how can we apply it and make sense of it in a way that will serve the purpose for which we work?

The Institute works nationally and internationally to promote a learning culture in organisations and communities through developing individuals, groups and organisations in their capacity to think through actions, to change and put into practice new insights and in accompanying a process of change of quality of conversations and engagement.

Our History

We were formally founded as a registered charity in September 1947. In our early work we brought together staff from different disciplines to find ways to apply psychoanalytic and open systems concepts to group and organisational life.

Key texts

We have written numerous key texts throughout the history of the Institute.

Clients & Partners

We work with a range of clients and partners across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, at a local, national and international level.