Bennett Public Policy Prize

The Bennett Public Policy Prize 2024 is awarded by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and supported by Prospect. It aims to showcase the thinking and ideas of early career policy professionals and researchers on some of the biggest challenges of our turbulent times. The Bennett Institute is committed to bringing findings and insights generated by rigorous interdisciplinary research to the attention of a wide, policy-engaged audience.

This year’s question was: How can AI be implemented to improve public services?

Congratulations to the early career policy professionals and researchers who entered the Bennett Public Policy Prize for their well-written essays.

We are pleased to announce the Prize winner and three runners-up:



Congratulations to the six shortlisted entrants:

This year’s judges include:

One winner receives:

Runners-up each receive:

Shortlisted finalists each receive:

Entry process:

Entries can be in the form of a 2,500-word essay or a short film of no more than 10 minutes from any early career researcher or policy professional in their first five years, from any nationality and based anywhere in the world.


The following are NOT eligible:

2021/22 Question

What is a twenty-first century civil service for?

2020/21 Question

“Is it possible to govern well in the age of populism?

2019/20 Question

“Which single public health intervention would be most effective in the UK?”

2018/19 Question

“What kinds of policies will enable left behind places to catch-up?”

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