Ben is Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, overseeing the ASI’s research papers and strategy. His intellectual interests include monetary regimes, nature vs. nurture in individual differences, sport economics, prediction markets, and quantitative approaches to social phenomena in general.

At the ASI, he wrote a 2014 paper on the effect of foreign footballers on the English side, and his review of scholarly research on the economic burden of corporation tax was published in 2013. He has also had a book review published in the academic journal Intelligence and wrote the entry on business cycles in the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Social Theory. He writes regularly on the ASI blog.

He has written for City A.M., Conservative Home, The Guardian, The SpectatorCapX, Huffington Post, The Yorkshire Post, BBC Online, The IBTimesand appeared on BBC News, the Today Programme, Sunday Politics Scotland, BBC Scotland 2015, BBC World News, Scotland Tonight, Sky News, BBC Look North, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and many other radio stations and TV programmes.

In his personal life he is obsessed with music and restaurants.

He tweets as @bswud.