The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP's Ben Clifford named as one of the most influential academics in government

5 January 2022

A total of six academics from across UCL have been named among the 100 most influential in government by Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government.

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The list recognises researchers whose work has influenced the policymaking process by providing insights into issues, contributing innovative ideas and solutions or adding relevant and informative data.

This year’s list, nominated by public servants, focuses on five policy areas: recovery from Covid-19; employment and skills; social policy; climate and sustainability; and policymaking processes and approaches.

Dr Ben Clifford's  research has led to improvements in permitted development rights in England. His recent work has focused on local authority housebuilding, deregulation and planning – particularly in permitted development in England – outsourcing and the public interest in planning and infrastructure planning.



L-r top: Professor Priti Parikh, Professor Christina Pagel, Dr Ben Clifford. L-r bottom: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Dr Dan Honig, Dr Hilary Cottam.