Ben Senator

Ben Senator
Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.Sc. in social policy and research, University College London; B.A. in geography, University of Birmingham


Ben Senator is a Ph.D. candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation working in the area of drug policy. He was formerly a research assistant at RAND Europe. His research interests lie in the public health and social impacts of regulatory approaches to legal and illicit substances. Senator has supported multiple projects with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center in the areas of non-medical cannabis regulation and drug decriminalisation policies in North American and European contexts.

Methodologically, Senator takes preference to quantitative research, with a working proficiency in Stata for regression analysis and has supported a number of quasi-experimental impact evaluations. He has additionally supported systematic literature reviews and qualitative research projects that utilize stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic methods.

Prior to joining RAND, Senator worked as a research assistant with University College London whilst studying for his M.Sc. in social policy and social research. He holds a B.A. in geography from the University of Birmingham.

Recent Projects

  • Evidence on the effectiveness and safety of the medical use of cannabis: a rapid review of systematic reviews (2018-2022)
  • Alternatives to profit-maximising commercial models of cannabis supply for non-medical use
  • Evaluating the closed coffeeshop chain cannabis experiment in the Netherlands
  • Monitoring and evaluating changes in cannabis policies in the Americas
  • International status of the decrimalisation of drug use