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Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Since admissions for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) closed in January, we at the Blavatnik School have been busy sorting through a record number of applications. This year saw 992 applications (a 34% increase from last year) from 106 countries, with two countries represented for the first time: Antigua […]

by × 03 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

MPP students during induction in September 2020.

Top five tips for teaching cases online

The case method can be a powerful teaching tool for bringing engaging discussions to online and hybrid learning environments. By construction, the case-method classroom requires active participation, so it can help to avert the ‘Zoom fatigue’ that comes from one-way online learning. Here are a few tips to keep in […]

by × 24 February 2021 ×

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being, Science and technology

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise globally, and vaccination programmes just getting started, governments who want to address second and third waves of the virus are having to focus on changing public behaviour with ‘lockdown’ policies. But are these policies effectively influencing the behaviour of the public? We have […]

by × 22 February 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

Photo by John Cairns

Why use the case method in public policy teaching?

Public policy leaders have to make difficult decisions on a daily basis. In a model environment, where outcomes are certain and time unlimited, they would choose a course of action based on a thorough evaluation of both evidence and ethics. But the model environment does not exist. Policymakers often must […]

by × 18 February 2021 ×

Science and technology, Staff

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Digital transformation is not a plug-and-play solution

There’s probably not a government on the planet that’s yet to fully realise the value and potential in digital. The opportunity to make services more efficient and grow the economy has pushed digital transformation to the forefront of government reforms. But despite the opportunities — and the ambitions of many […]

by × 17 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. In the midst of what came to be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, an image of a young nurse holding three premature infants while clutching a telephone, surrounded by blood, chaos and destruction, went viral. The picture not only spoke of the young […]

by × 11 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia […]

by × 08 February 2021 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

On 27 January, the Blavatnik School of Government co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on the ‘Implications of digital trade provisions in UK trade agreements’. The workshop, a joint project between Digital Pathways at Oxford and the Global Economic Governance Programme – both research programmes based at the Blavatnik School – and […]

by × 03 February 2021 ×