Professor Rachel Kennedy

Associate Director (Product Development)

Rachel is one of the founding members of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science.  She has been recognised as one of “Advertising’s Big Thinkers” by the Advertising Association (UK), she ranks globally in the top 1% of advertising researchers and has been awarded a number of prestigious awards (including the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers for paper which best increases understanding of the way in which advertising works). Rachel is a regular speaker on the global stage (e.g. Cannes Lions, ARF and WARC events) and has presented to and worked with many of the world’s biggest brands on implementing evidence-based practice.  

Rachel has been involved in a wide variety of market research projects as well as educating thousands of marketers and senior leaders around the world on what marketing science can teach us, and what it means for growth.

Academic Publications

Bellman, S., Nenycz-Thiel, M., Kennedy, R., Varan, D. and Hartnett, N. (2019), ‘Attention to what? Best measures of attention to advertising across conditions’, Journal of Advertising Research.

Dawes, J., Kennedy, R., Green, K. and Sharp, B. (2018) ‘Problems with Econometrics for media decisions’, International Journal of Market Research, Online.

Sharp, S., Wright, M., Kennedy, R. and Nguyen, C. (2017), ‘Viva La Revolution! For evidence- based marketing we strive’, (2017), Invited paper, Special Edition, Australasian Marketing Journal.

Sorensen, H., Bogomolova, S., Anderson, K., Trinh, G., Sharp, A., Kennedy, R., Page, B., Wright, M. (2017), ‘Fundamental patterns of in-store shopper behaviour’, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.

Bellman, S., Nenycz-Thiel, M., Kennedy, R., Larguinat, L., Varan, D. and McColl, B. (2017), ‘What Makes a Television Commercial Sell? Using Biometrics to Identify Successful Ads’, Invited paper, Journal of Advertising Research, vol 57, no. 1, pp. 53-66.

Bogomolova, S., Szabo, M. and Kennedy, R. (2017), ‘Retailers’ and manufacturers’ price-promotion decisions: The role of intuition and beliefs’, Special Issue of Journal of Business Research on micro-foundations of pricing, vol. 76, pp. 189–200.

Hartnett, N., Kennedy, R., Sharp, B. and Greenacre, L. (2016), ‘Marketers’ intuitions about the sales effectiveness of advertisements’, Journal of Marketing Behavior, Special issue on Managerial Decision-making in Marketing, vol. 2, no. 2–3, pp. 177-194.

Kennedy, R. and Northover, H. (2016) ‘Using neuro measures for better advertising decisions: Issues for practitioners, and research priorities for vendors and scholars’, Journal of Advertising Research, vol. 56, no.2.

Danenberg, N., Kennedy, R., Beal, V. and Sharp, B. (2016), ‘Advertising budgeting: a re-investigation of the evidence on brand size and spend’,  Journal of Advertising, Special issue on Re-Inquiries in Advertising Research, vol 45no. 1.

Hartnett, N., Kennedy, R., Sharp, B. and Greenacre, L. (2016), ‘Creative That Sells: How Advertising Execution Affects Sales’, Journal of Advertising, Special issue on Re-Inquiries in Advertising Researchvol 45no. 1 pp. 102-112.

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