Ben is an urbanist, researcher, writer and speaker, with a particular interest in urban life, citizenship, public service reform and the built environment. He founded Centre for London in 2011 and has written reports on charitable giving, delivering London’s large sites and the challenges facing the West End.

Previously Ben was an Associate Director of IPPR for five years and subsequently led strategy teams at Haringey Council, the Department for Local Government and Communities and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he wrote the government’s strategy on ‘Quality of Place’.

Ben is the author of several acclaimed books on philosophy, history and democracy, and an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He has been a Contributing Editor to Prospect Magazine, a visiting fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the London Finance Commission, chaired by Professor Tony Travers. Ben is also a trustee of The Yard Theatre.

John Poulton


4 February 2019 – 30 September 2019

London’s Neighbourhoods How can we strengthen neighbourhood level responses to local challenges?

The Department for Culture Media and Sport


08.30–17.40 7 November 2018 | Venue: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LN

The London Conference 2018 How can London respond to disruptive times and become an inclusive, working capital?


The London Conference 2019

08.30–17.30 5 November 2019

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS