Ben is Assistant Professor in Social Norms at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Before joining the academia Ben worked for various NGOs and International Organisations, including UNICEF, WHO, and ILO. After his PhD, on human rights and social change, he worked for three years in Senegal as the Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation of the NGO Tostan.
In his current role of Assistant Professor, Ben is gathering a community of experts on social norms, advancing existing understanding of how norms change and how that change can be measured.
At the YES, Ben will speak about the ways social norms restrict individual freedom, how social change happens, and what impact this change has on freedom of community members. His contribution will stimulate reflections on how social pressure and expectations affect our freedom as individuals.