About us

Public policy in an age of disruption

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy launched on 16th April 2018. The Institute will be conducting high-level academic and policy research.

"Our goal is to rethink public policy in an era of turbulence and growing inequality. Our research connects the world-leading work in technology and science at Cambridge with the economic and political dimensions of policy-making. We are committed to outstanding teaching, policy engagement, and to devising sustainable and long-lasting solutions."

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge aims to become a world-leader in achieving successful and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.

This is a critical moment to establish such an Institute, which has at its heart a commitment to a deeper analysis of the economic, social and political systems in which policy is developed; the creation of powerful new networks of policy-makers, influencers and researchers; and the development of a new generation of reflexive and critical policy leaders.

We will be bringing together the world-class research of Cambridge in technology, engineering and the natural sciences with a deep understanding of the social and political forces that are remaking democracy and generating fundamental challenges for governments across the world.

Our work reflects a readiness to move away from the technocratic assumption that there are technical fixes or ready-made solutions to intractable challenges arising from resource scarcity.

The Institute will seek to drive forward research into the growing demand for a more equitable distribution of the world’s natural and social assets and examine the impact that technological change is having on the nature of work, community and consumption around the world.

Our research projects

Our research is organised into several distinct research programmes, each of which contains a number of particular projects. These programmes are designed around some of the major policy challenges of the 21st century and reflect concentrations of research strength within Cambridge. Our initial research programmes lie in the following areas: 

Place and public policy, Technology and innovation, Science and the future of democracy and Well-being, progress and public policy.

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