Articles by: Alice Watanabe

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

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£1m ‘obesity’ deal with Coke a no-no, BoJo.

Last week brought us the news that London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to ‘tackle obesity’. They will match-fund £500,000 from the Mayor to encourage more people to get active. This is part of a trend of Coke sponsoring physical activity projects around the world, such as […]

by × 05 August 2014 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

University of Yangon students. Image source: International Monetary Fund

Transforming the veneer of democracy: Developing a higher education strategy in Myanmar

In the November of 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest after being detained for almost 15 of the past 21 years since 1989. The release itself was part of a wider ongoing series of political reforms and economic liberalization that Myanmar was undergoing including the drafting of a foreign investment law and gradual abolishing of strict censorships.

by × 17 July 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Milking time on an Oakura dairy farm. Image source: dandownunder Flickr

Unlikely Friendship Could See NZ Lead Way on Climate Issues

Most climate change activists and farmers see each other as enemies, rather than friends. Some climate activists remember the tractor driven by farmers up the steps of Parliament in the early 2000s to protest the “fart tax”, and notice the big agricultural hole in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). […]

by × 01 July 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

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Breaking down the climate change debate

‘Momentum’. It is a buzzword in politics. But, restoring it to its origins, I can recall, from the haziness of my high school physics education, a scientific law: that when opposing, inelastic, objects, each carried by its own momentum, collide, new forms of energy arise: heat and sound. This – […]

by × 27 June 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

India’s unseen climate leadership

India’s unseen climate leadership

India is doing a lot to combat climate change. It is time to let the world know, and to be more proactive in international climate negotiations. India is changing, yet the government’s position in international climate negotiations is not. Despite increasingly ambitious national policies, India’s climate diplomats have maintained essentially the same stance since negotiations began in 1992: developed countries must commit to a legally binding schedule of emission reductions, while developing countries retain their right to carbon-intensive development.

by × 13 June 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Why are financial systems prone to crisis?

Why are financial systems prone to crisis?

At the peak of the Netherlands’ “tulip mania” in 1637, one tulip bulb sold for 5,500 guilders per bulb—roughly the cost of luxurious house in Amsterdam, or $25,000 today. More than three and a half centuries later, economists continue to debate why tulip prices skyrocketed to stratospheric levels in the 1630s, much in the same way that the 2008 Global Financial Crisis remains a source of contention. Why have financial systems been so vulnerable to crises, and what role has regulation played?

by × 10 June 2014 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Mental Health Policy, a significant driver for growth?

Mental Health Policy, a significant driver for growth?

Evidence that demonstrates the impact of mental health disorders is overwhelming in modern societies. Mental illness is a primary source of distress, social fracture and financial leakages. Mental illness is all around but apparently it is a very well masked enemy…

by × 21 May 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

I often ask myself – whom should I consider a role model if I get into electoral politics someday? This is indeed an increasingly relevant question in an Indian context as we are witnessing a personality centric US presidential style campaign in 2014 national election. For the sake of this article, I want to restrict my choices to three personalities whom I have been following very closely in the last eight months.

by × 13 May 2014 ×