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Michael Kenny

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Michael Kenny is inaugural Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge University. Before he arrived in Cambridge, Michael held positions at: Queen’s University, Belfast; the University of Sheffield, where he was appointed Head of the Department of Politics; and Queen Mary University of London, where he was the inaugural Director of the Mile End Institute.


He served on the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Committee (2010-2018), was co-director of the British Academy’s “Governing England” programme (2015-2018), and is currently a visiting Fellow at the UCL Constitution Unit and a member of the advisory board of the Constitution Society.

He also serves on the scientific advisory panel for the ‘Behaviour Change by Design’ project funded by the Wellcome Trust, and the Management Board of the Centre for Sustainable Leadership, and is a senior advisor to ‘The Science of Global Risk’ project funded by the Templeton Foundation. In 2021 he was made a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of the Social Sciences.

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