Cambridge University’s Bennett Institute calls for ideas to transform UK public health


The Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge is calling for ideas from early career researchers and policy professionals to transform public health in the UK for its 2019/20 Bennett Prospect Prize.

The £10,000 annual prize explores creative and generative solutions to a pressing public policy question of our age. It is organised in partnership with Prospect Magazine.

This year’s question asks: ‘Which single public health intervention would be most effective in the UK?’

Essays and films are invited addressing any of the major public health concerns in the UK today. This could include inequalities in life and healthy life expectancy, smoking, air pollution, childhood obesity, mental health, and anti-microbial resistance.

The judging panel will include the co-directors of the Bennett Institute political scientist Professor Michael Kenny and economist Professor Diane Coyle, the editor of Prospect Magazine Tom Clark, and the Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau.

Theresa Marteau commented: “The Bennett Institute is an interdisciplinary policy research organisation, and as such the judging panel welcomes all innovative ideas from any discipline with the potential to have a real impact on population health across the UK.  This is a fantastic opportunity to both celebrate and support the wealth of early career policy research taking place across the UK and beyond.”

The prize is open for submissions until 31 December 2019 for early career researchers and policy professionals of any nationality, with winners to be announced in Spring 2020.

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About the Bennett Institute
The Bennett Institute for Public Policy is an interdisciplinary policy research unit at the University of Cambridge. Founded in April 2018 following a major gift from Cambridge alumnus Mr Peter Bennett, the Institute aims to become a world-leader in achieving successful and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Mission statement: "Our goal is to rethink public policy in an era of turbulence and growing inequality. Our research connects the world-leading work in technology and science at Cambridge with the economic and political dimensions of policy-making. We are committed to outstanding teaching, policy engagement, and to devising sustainable and long-lasting solutions."

About Prospect
Prospect has established itself as a must-read title with key figures in government, journalism, policy making and business. People turn to Prospect for the ideas and trends behind the headlines and for a contrarian view of topics. Its depth sets it apart. Each issue brings together the sharpest minds on the events and ideas that define the modern world. What results is an entertaining, informative and open-minded magazine that mixes compelling argument and clear headed analysis with elegance and vitality in design.

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The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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