Ben gained his undergraduate degree in Modern Languages and EU studies. Since completing his degree he has worked in sales and marketing, spending part of that time working in the alcohol industry, and also as a school teacher.
In 2004 he returned to academia to complete an MSc by research in politics. His PhD dissertation focused on the Politics of European integration in the UK.
Since 2010 he has worked on health policy and has a half-time appointment at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Ben's research focuses on the role of evidence and corporate actions in health policy formation at national, regional and global levels. In addition, he works on international trade agreement and international political economy approaches to health policy and has published on multilevel governance within the EU.