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Written on 25 Jul 2018

Bennett Institute 2018 Visiting Fellows

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy is delighted to announce its inaugural Visiting Fellows: Dr Ying Jin, Dr Flavio Toxvaerd, and Dr Yan Zhang.

Each of the Fellows will receive a grant of up to £10,000 to expand upon the public policy aspects of their work and to promote their findings in the policy world.

The Fellowship is designed to assist Cambridge academics achieve wider impact with their research.

More details on the Visiting Fellow projects will be announced in the Michaelmas term when the programme begins.

The 2018/19 visiting fellows:

Dr Yan Zhang currently works as the British Academy Research Fellow at the Centre of Development Studies, where she also serves as the Research Associate at the China Centre of Jesus College and is a Bye-Fellow of Newnham College.

Yan will be focussing on sustainable development, public policy and environment/resource studies with a special focus on China.


Dr Flavio Toxvaerd is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and a fellow of Clare College.

Flavio will be conducting research on two projects: analysis of the effects and management of ‘herd immunity’ in populations, and the economics of retail competition.


Dr Ying Jin is the current Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Architecture at Robinson College.

Ying specialises in the use of advanced data analytics and computer simulation modelling for urban planning. He will be exploring the public policy dimensions of this research: how it can be used to design long term urban infrastructure investment and land use development options, and how to facilitate policy debates on this at the city region scale.