SHDP runs a number of types of event depending on the topic, audience, speakers, and outcomes desired. Examples of SHDP events include:
- One-day roundtable conferences for 50-60 people
- Conferences of up to 200 people from one to several days
- Academic seminars
- Lectures in various venues
- Dinners with keynote speakers
- Briefings for the media
SHDP is based at Jesus College, Cambridge, a college of the University of Cambridge, and offers brand new world-class conference facilities, catering and accommodation.
The SHDP director was the founder of the Rustat Conferences based at Jesus College, Cambridge. The topics covered by the conferences and reports between 2009-17 include: Cyber Security, Food Security, Inequality, Infrastructure, the Financial Crisis, Big Data, Blockchain and Bitcoin, the Future of Research-based Universities, the North-South divide, Ageing in the UK, and the Future of Work.