The prize is designed to prompt and reward imagination, critical thinking and analytical rigourby Prospect Team / September 18, 2018 / Leave a comment
In April 2018 we launched the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, with the aim of establishing a world-class policy centre that is committed both to deepening understanding of some of the most pressing challenges of our turbulent times, and to identifying and exploring sustainable solutions to them.
Our work focuses on the importance of place in relation to public policy, what is required to make more prosperous and productive societies, and the role of scientific knowledge and insight in the public policy of tomorrow.
The Institute is dedicated to educating and nurturing the next generation of policy leaders, allowing them to develop the intellectual independence and analytical skills that will be needed to develop innovative answers to the most demanding questions of our times, and to do the kinds of deeper, longer-term thinking which these issues require.
With these goals in mind, we are delighted to announce a brand-new prize for an early career policy analyst or professional: the Bennett Prospect Public Policy Prize.
An award of £10,000 will go to what a panel of distinguished judges determines to be the most imaginative and impactful piece of policy analysis supplied by an early-career public policy researcher or policy professional.
The winner’s work will be presented at the annual Bennett Conference held at Cambridge University in April 2019, and their entry will be published in Prospect online.
How to enter
The question we are posing this year is: “What kinds of policies will enable left behind places to catch-up?”
We invite essays of no more than 2,500 words on this topic, or films of no more than 10 minutes, and encourage applicants to justify and discuss the kinds of policies—old and new—which might in practice get to grips with the major disadvantages experienced by rural areas, towns and the margins of our cities, and with the underlying causes of the geographically rooted inequalities that are apparent across the western world.
Events like Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the electoral success of populist parties right across Europe have brought these issues of geographic inequality to the forefront of our politics, but as yet there are few signs of the kind of intellectual ferment and sustained focus which they merit.
A prize for fresh thinking…