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Written on 21 May 2018

Times Higher Education: Cambridge launches policy institute to tackle ‘age of disruption’

The launch of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy was featured in the Times Higher Education.

Diane Coyle, who became the inaugural Bennett professor of public policy at the university last month, told Times Higher Education that the institute will also launch a doctoral programme in public policy and recruit new postdoctoral researchers as well as research assistants and lecturers.

“This takes place at a time when people have been casting doubt on expertise and sources of authority so one of the things that we have to think about is how to ensure that evidence is trusted and that policy advice has legitimacy,” she said.

The institute, which is based at the department for politics and international studies and will be led by professor of public policy Michael Kenny, was launched following a gift from Cambridge alumnus and philanthropist Peter Bennett. He formerly worked in banking and fund management and established the Peter Bennett Foundation in 2012 to seek innovative ways to reduce poverty and promote equality.

Read the full article on the Times Higher Education site.