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Michael

Professor Michael Sanders

Professor of Public Policy

Research interests

  • Policy
  • Politics

Biography

Michael is a Professor of Public Policy at the Policy Institute. His research has three main strands; the use of causal methods and particularly randomised trials to evaluate policy interventions; the use of behavioural science in policy design; and increasing social mobility and opportunity.

Michael has previously served as the Founding Chief Executive of What Works for Children's Social Care, and Chief Scientist at the Behavioural Insights Team, where he has led diverse teams of researchers, policy specialists and practitioners to improve outcomes for vulnerable people in the UK and overseas.

Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Government, where he teaches Behavioural Science and Policy, and an affiliate of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group. He has taught experimental design and executive education at the university of Bristol and Warwick Business School.

He holds an MSc in Economics and Public Policy, and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of Bristol. He previously taught public policy analysis at the University of Bristol, worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, and has completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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We must be passionately dispassionate about policymaking

Any future government should commit to keeping the What Works network

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Young people's mental health appears to be worsening

New data sheds light on the extent of the problem

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The Problem with Pareto

A Pareto improvement is one that “makes someone better off without making anyone else worse off”, but how does this work in the real world?

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Events

30Novpexels-ryutaro-tsukata-5191376

What’s nudge got to do with it? Insights from behavioural science pioneers

Behavioural science has transformed how we think about public policy. Join us to hear stories and insights from the pioneers in the field.

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News

We must be passionately dispassionate about policymaking

Any future government should commit to keeping the What Works network

Illustration of three people inspecting an oversized clipboard

Young people's mental health appears to be worsening

New data sheds light on the extent of the problem

mental-health-woman

The Problem with Pareto

A Pareto improvement is one that “makes someone better off without making anyone else worse off”, but how does this work in the real world?

Scales of justice

Events

30Novpexels-ryutaro-tsukata-5191376

What’s nudge got to do with it? Insights from behavioural science pioneers

Behavioural science has transformed how we think about public policy. Join us to hear stories and insights from the pioneers in the field.

Please note: this event has passed.