Dr Ben Kenward


Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Ben Kenward


Please note, Ben is on an extended sabbatical from Oxford Brookes University.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Module leader for Advanced Statistics and Experimental Method for Psychology, and teach on a variety of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology modules.


Supervisor of the recently completed PhD student Rhea Arini.


My most recent projects (too new for published peer-reviewed articles) concern public opinion about the climate and ecological emergencies, (1) in the context of Covid (an example pre-print), and (2) with regard to the effects of non-violent direct action (preliminary reports here).

Other current research focuses on social behaviour in young children, including studies of moral development and the understanding of others’ actions. There are further details of my research interests on my personal home-page.

Research grants and awards

  • 2013 – 2018: Co-applicant. The social foundation of cognition. Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse. £620,000 (8,000,000 Swedish crowns).
  • 2013 – 2017: Co-applicant. Developmental social cognition and action understanding. European Research Council: ERC-StG CACTUS 312292. £1,080,000 (13,900,000 Swedish crowns).
  • 2012 – 2015: Principle investigator. Early moral development: from infants’ prosocial preferences to co-operation between pre-schoolers. Swedish research council: 421-2011-1785. £210,000 (2,700,000 Swedish crowns).
  • 2009 – 2012: Principle investigator. A psychological perspective on early moral development. The Swedish foundation for humanities and social sciences: P2008-01039:1. £160,000 (2,040,000 Swedish crowns).



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