Ben Hennig named as one of 50 'ones to watch' in the North of England in 2011

Ben Hennig

The Institute of Public Policy Research North (ippr north) has just released Northern Lights 2011 Top 50, celebrating the brightest and most talented people from the worlds of business, science and technology, academia, public service, politics, culture, the arts and social and community action from across the North of England.

Amongst those 50 is Ben Hennig, a Postgraduate researcher with the SASI (Social and Spatial Inequalities) Group in the department. Ben's Northern Lights citation reads:

Benjamin works with the highly respected Professor Danny Dorling at the Social and Spatial Inequalities Group. The group conducts interdisciplinary research that contributes to an evidence base for policy development aimed at reducing social inequalities. Benjamin's research focuses on global and national visualisations of topics related to contemporary issues, a number of which have already been released to the public eye, such as the striking visualisations of the UK and US elections. Benjamin is certainly one to watch over the next few years as he completes his PhD research and, together with Danny Dorling, works on a book project on world population, due out in 2012.

Ed Cox, director of ippr north, said:

"The North is choc full of talent. Our Northern Lights list shines the spotlight on upcoming stars from politics to poetry, from Liverpool to Lindisfarne. We want to celebrate the best and boldest and shirk any notion of it being grim up North. We think the North should be leading, not pleading, its way to renewed prosperity and so we must develop and hold on to the talented individuals who can lead the Northern renaissance."

You can find out full details of Ben's work, SASI, and the ippr north's Northern Lights Top 50 by following the links in the top-right of the page.