Lord Peter Hennessy

Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

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Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London

Lord Peter Hennessy is the Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He started his career as a journalist, writing for The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall Correspondent, The Financial Times as its Lobby Correspondent a Westminster, and The Economist for over twenty years. He also presented the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme.

In 1986 Peter Hennessy co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History, and in 1992 he moved from journalism to academia at Queen Mary. His research interests include Prime Ministerial and Cabinet government, the British constitution, Cold War Britain, the Bomb, and nuclear submarines. He was appointed a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • 14 April 2015, 6pm

    The role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making

    To commemorate 50 years since the death of Churchill and 75 years since he became Prime Minister, the Centre for Science and Policy and Churchill College are jointly organising a distinguished panel discussion to discuss the role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making.