Ben joined PSI in October 2006 and became Director in June 2015, having previously served as Acting Director since October 2013. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of working on environmental issues at the interface of research and policy. Since joining PSI, he has worked on research projects investigating eco-innovation, environmental tax reform, public responses to environmental policy, the evaluation of policy and research, and children’s independent mobility. He is the lead co-ordinator of the Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) and managed the secretariat for the UK Green Fiscal Commission.
As well as taking overall responsibility for the development and direction of PSI, Ben has a particular research interest in the use of evidence in the policy system and the development of evaluation approaches for environmental policy interventions.
Prior to joining PSI, Ben was Principal Policy Adviser at Green Alliance. His work there mainly focused on national-level strategic policy development and advocacy in the areas of waste, resource and product policy, but also included projects on the role of negotiated agreements in UK environmental policy and sustainable consumption.
Ben read Geology at Bristol University and followed this with a MSc and research in geophysics before moving to his work focused on environmental policy and research.
MSc European Environmental Policy and Regulation, Lancaster University, awarded 1996
MSc Applied and Environmental Geophysics, University of Birmingham, awarded 1992
BSc Hons: Geology, University of Bristol, awarded 1990
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A Zero Waste UK (IPPR/Green Alliance)
Return to Sender: product policy and producer responsibility
Creative Policy Packages for waste: Lessons for the UK
Signed, Sealed and Delivered? The Role of Negotiated Agreements in the UK
Negotiated Agreements: Best Practice Checklist