Articles by: Alison Stibbe

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Make your dream of graduating from BSG a reality

Funding your study – Five steps to success

When anyone considers embarking on further study, there are two questions often foremost in their minds: Where? and How? We hope that, since you’re reading this blog, you can already answer the where question. You want to study with us at the Blavatnik School of Government. You’ve decided that BSG’s […]

by × 13 November 2014 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Angelina Jolie, whose preventive surgery against breast cancer caused a surge in demand for mastectomies

Can doctors do more to inspire behavioural change for better health?

MPP student Sven Jungmann is a doctor. As a medical student he spent time in a hospital in Soweto, South Africa, working in trauma management. He describes it as rough, but incredibly rewarding work. But there came a point when he realised that he and the trauma team were treating the […]

by × 12 June 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Surveillance CCTV studio Buenos Aires

Are we living in an Orwellian state?

Edward Snowden is now a household name. Judgements about his actions vary: is he a traitor or heroic whistleblower? Regardless of your views, his revelations are having the effect he intended. In an interview just after the initial disclosures, he claimed that “My sole motive is to inform the public […]

by × 09 May 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Russian tanks in South Ossetia (source: Yana Amelina, Wikimedia)

Is Russia just cooking up trouble – again?

As the Ukraine crisis continues and Russia maintains its hard line in the territorial dispute ignited over Crimea, it is worth reviewing a paper written over five years ago by one of the Blavatnik School’s academics. BSG Professor Monica Duffy Toft has spent her academic career researching issues of international […]

by × 03 April 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Climate progress from the bottom up

Climate progress from the bottom up

At a time when countries around the world are searching for ways to lift their climate change ambition, new research highlights the important role being played by non-governmental agencies in New Zealand. One example is New Zealand Post which, between 2008 and 2012, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 16.1 […]

by × 25 March 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Grounds for Hope: The Science Behind Territorial Conflict

Grounds for Hope: The Science Behind Territorial Conflict

In international relations, unlike the natural sciences, there are few fundamental principles or laws. The world map, however, reveals at least one iron law of global politics: human territoriality.

by × 26 February 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Leadership, legitimacy and accountability

Leadership, legitimacy and accountability

Social media can voice people’s demands, here and now. But they also often disperse or distort the original message, by mixing diverse audiences into a single communication channel. Users of social media who claim to reflect the “voice of the people” face a dual responsibility and challenge to accurately and […]

by × 20 January 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Government with the people

Government with the people

Geoff Mulgan spoke on the evening of Monday 9 December as part of the Blavatnik School of Government’s Challenges of Government Conference. Mulgan was known already to many in the audience – perhaps from his work as co-founder of Demos, as a past director of the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy […]

by × 17 January 2014 ×