• Where Churchill College, Cambridge
  • When 16 April 2020
  • Cost Free, but booking essential
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Bennett Conference 2020

Join us for our conference in 2020 exploring our current strands in public policy research, featuring leading speakers in economics, democracy, governance and progress.

2020 has already been dubbed the decade where decisive action must be taken on the major problems of our time. This year we address questions about the future of the smart state and society: how can we shape the state in the digital age, how will climate change alter democracy, how should the value of social cohesion be factored into our economies, and how can we evolve our industrial strategies to create equitable and sustainable wealth?

We are delighted to welcome Geoff Mulgan CBE (Chief Executive of Nesta 2011-2019) as our evening plenary speaker, chaired Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Plenary lecture from Geoff Mulgan CBE

“Government as a brain: how can governments better understand, think, create and remember, and avoid the traps of collective stupidity”


1. Shaping the State in a Digital Age

2. Climate Change and the Threat to Democracy

3. Wealth, Well-being and Prosperity

4. Productivity: What went wrong?

Confirmed speakers and chairs:

Professor Michael Kenny
Professor Diane Coyle
Professor Stephen Toope
Geoff Mulgan CBE
Lord David Sainsbury
Professor David Runciman
Polly Mackenzie
Professor Nick Pidgeon
Professor Richard Jones
Gareth Davies
Prof Emily Shuckburgh
Dr Marianne Sensier
Professor Partha Dasgupta
Clare Lombardelli
Dr Tanya Filer
Matthew Agarwala

Conference places

Registration has now opened for the conference. Everyone who has emailed for a place will be contacted with the link. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.