Ben Senator

Ben Senator
Research Assistant
Cambridge Office


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


Ben Senator is a research assistant working in the area of home affairs and social policy. His research interests lie in international drug policies, focusing his academic studies on the Canadian cannabis regulation model. He has written on cannabis regulation models across other states and is interested in exploring tangential drug policy areas such as addiction treatment services and drug law enforcement. He has additionally been a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals since 2020.

Methodologically, Senator takes preference to quantitative research, with a working proficiency in Stata for regression analysis and a strong theoretical grasp of impact evaluation methods. He has worked with a variety of qualitative methods across different projects, including interviewing, ethnographic and autoethnographic approaches, and thematic analysis. He has additionally studied systematic reviews at the postgraduate level.

Prior to joining RAND, he 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, graduating with First Class honours.

Recent Projects

  • Setting the polysubstance foundations for Canada's new era of legal substance use
  • Evidence on the efficacy 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