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Podcasts and event recordings from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.To listen to our Crossing Channels Podcast Series, produced with IAST, visit: https://pod.fo/e/102ba0

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Podcasts and event recordings from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.To listen to our Crossing Channels Podcast Series, produced with IAST, visit: https://pod.fo/e/102ba0

    Fixing our broken food system: where policy meets politics

    Fixing our broken food system: where policy meets politics

    As the nation grapples with the intertwined challenges of health, sustainability, and social equity, Henry Dimbleby has been at the forefront of advocating for healthier eating habits and systemic change. He led the Government’s School Food Plan (2013) and the National Food Strategy (2021) emphasising health, sustainability, and social responsibility. Yet, despite some progress, he resigned as a government advisor in 2023 citing concerns over policy translation. Henry discusses how, through c...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How should the Civil Service be reformed/reimagined for the 21st century?

    How should the Civil Service be reformed/reimagined for the 21st century?

    The Northcote Trevelyan Report of 1854 is seen as the foundation document for the UK Civil Service. The pillars it established have shaped the institution ever since. But much has changed in the 170 years since that report’s publication. The size, sophistication, and range of responsibilities of the Civil Service are immensely different. So too is the governing context, in which social media, a 24/7 news media, rapid technological change, a less trusting public and a hyper-partisan political ...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    What do our institutions need to do to make the UK more resilient?

    What do our institutions need to do to make the UK more resilient?

    It often seems policies are developed in real time in reaction to ever-changing geopolitical events. In this session, our guest speakers discuss how the UK’s institutions – business, policy, and civil society – can help proactively shape resilience to domestic and international shocks and firm-up socio-economic stability. They explore the investment priorities for building economic, political, and social resilience, even in the face of climate change, inflation, war and inequality, and sugges...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    What infrastructure does society need and what policies can deliver it?

    What infrastructure does society need and what policies can deliver it?

    Infrastructure is vital for the economic growth of places and enhancing the wellbeingand quality of life of its citizens. In this session, our guest speakers discuss why infrastructure matters in the 21st century and how decision-makers can deliver it. What actions are needed to improve the delivery of infrastructure? How can data-driven tools improve decision-making? And how can policymakers future-proof infrastructure projects to ensure that new plans benefit people and places now and in th...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    How should we respond to the disruptions being caused by significant technological innovations?

    How should we respond to the disruptions being caused by significant technological innovations?

    With rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and telecommunications and the growing importance of data in our decision-making, we are witnessing a period of significant digital disruption. The resource-intensive nature of these technologies has also created a growing divide between the leaders and the followers, and the winners and the losers.Experts will discuss how the current disruption materialises socially, economically, andgeopolitically. This is not the first wave of disruption i...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How much do people care about inequality?

    How much do people care about inequality?

    Rory Cellan-Jones and leading experts Charlotte Cavaillé, Ailbhe McNabola and Jack Shaw discuss the causes of income and regional inequality, why policymakers should care, and what policy interventions work best to reduce them. Leading experts from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy and Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse discuss recent trends in income and regional inequality, and evaluate the effectiveness of different policy approaches. They identify the opportunities and ch...

    • 29 min

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An apolitical assessment of how United the Kingdom is

Always a reliable thought provoker on policy and the reality of government without the toxic lens of political ideology. The latest episode on the state of the Union for the U.K. is an excellent reflection of Whitehall and Westminster‘s struggles with the practicalities of delved administrations.

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