Events

Bennett Institute Conference 2019

  • Where Churchill College, Cambridge
  • When 15 April 2019 / 9.15am – 7.00pm
Policy for the future

Conference archive

Please see below for audio of three of the sessions from the day covering: economics, sustainability and climate change; industrial strategy; and technology and democracy.


The Wealth Economy: Social & Natural Capital

Chair: Professor Sir David King 

Speakers: 
Matthew Agarwala (University of Cambridge) 
Dimitri Zenghelis (University of Cambridge) 
Dr Yan Zhang (University of Cambridge)


What kinds of innovation policies and industrial strategy are most likely to sustain spatially inclusive and socially equitable economies?

Chair: Dr Tony Curzon Price (BEIS) 

Speakers: 
Sir Richard Leese (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) 
Dr Penny Mealy (University of Cambridge) 
Dr Eoin O’Sullivan (University of Cambridge) 


Who Decides? Tech companies vs the Democratic state

Chair: Professor David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

Speakers: 
Professor Emily Bell (University of Columbia) 
Dr Laura James (University of Cambridge) 
Josh Simons (University of Harvard)


Event details from 2019 (as published):

Download the full timetable here.

Our 2019 Bennett Conference for Public Policy explores practical ways in which policy can evolve to create a fairer and more equitable future. And how can we do this whilst avoiding some of the seismic democratic disruptions that have shaken the world in recent years?

On this theme our keynote talk will be from Dr Ben Goldacre (University of Oxford), doctor, best-selling author, academic and campaigner. He will be talking with Michael Blastland, author, journalist, and BBC Radio 4 broadcaster, who will chair the keynote.

The conference will highlight some of the work we have launched at the Bennett Institute during the past 12 months. We are delighted to be partnering with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and Churchill College, with whom we have been exploring the intersection of science and policy.


The sessions include:

  • The Wealth Economy: Social & Natural Capital – introducing our pioneering new project on metrics for sustainable growth and led by Dimitri Zenghelis (lead author, the Stern Review)
  • What kinds of innovation policies and industrial strategy are most likely to sustain spatially inclusive and socially equitable economies?
  • Predicting international political and economic risks - panel organised by the Centre for Science and Policy
  • Who Decides? Tech companies vs the Democratic state – chaired by Professor David Runciman

Speakers include:
Dimitri Zenghelis (University of Cambridge), Matthew Agarwala (University of Cambridge), Dr Yan Zhang (University of Cambridge), Dr Eoin O’Sullivan (University of Cambridge), Dr Penny Mealy (University of Cambridge), Tony Curzon Price (Policy Unit economist, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Seth Thomas (Bank of England), Josh Simons (University of Harvard), Emily Bell (University of Columbia), Sir Richard Leese (Leader of Manchester City Council), Richard Sandford (UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage), Professor Sir David King (Former Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Emma Hennessy (Head of Science and Innovation Team at Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Catherine Rhodes (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)


We look forward to welcoming you this year to join the conversation on policy in the age of disruption.

 Michael Kenny & Diane Coyle


Bennett Institute Conference 2019
Policy for the future: fairness, equity and democracy
Churchill College, Cambridge | Monday 15 April 2019 | 9.15am – 7.00pm
Welcome at 9.45am, panels begin at 10.00am