BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Whether the emergency is the outbreak of a new disease or a climate-related disaster, it is critical for policymakers to ensure adequate resources are available before disaster strikes. Yet the US is often underprepared for high-risk events with a high probability, with irrational decision making and interest group politics leading […]

by × 25 March 2020 ×

BSG Alumni

The coronavirus pandemic and governance challenges in the age of social media

The coronavirus pandemic and governance challenges in the age of social media

At the time of writing, COVID-19 is finding new epicentres, with the surrounding confusion and misinformation increasing day by day. There have been pandemics before, but one in the age of social media is a historic first that has thrown up problems that are more than medical. Whatsapp, Facebook and […]

by × 23 March 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

The bushfires in Australia are unprecedented and devastating. Yet one of the most inspiring things in the wake of the destruction is the outpouring of support from Australians and friends overseas to donate to the rural fire services, humanitarian organisations and animal support agencies. Giving to these organisations is meaningful […]

by × 05 February 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Science and technology

The future of work in America

The future of work in America

Although the media often depict giant corporations as the engine of the American workforce, the opposite is closer to the truth. Global retail giant Walmart, for example, employs about 1.5 million workers in the US alone – about 1% of America’s workforce. Other major corporations such as Amazon, Home Depot, […]

by × 02 December 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

One of the principal concerns for Enrique Peñalosa when he started his second term as mayor of Bogotá in January 2016 was how to make it a better city for women, and particularly for young women. The statistics revealed a bleak reality: 5.8% of young women were poor according to […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Credit: runeer (iStock)

Influencing from the inside

At the Blavatnik School of Government students are taught how to critically analyse, develop, and influence public policy. The tools and skills gained by students are universal and the ability to think about policy challenges through economic, philosophical, legal, scientific, and political lenses opens a wide array of professional paths. […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Image credit: UK Department for International Development

‘Leave no woman behind’: key action areas to achieve the UN global goal on gender

In my home country of Pakistan, I have witnessed the lack of opportunities for women to achieve their full economic potential. Policymakers must identify transformative policy solutions for women to develop skills, earn an income, and secure equitable access to credit, information and markets. Increasing women’s labour force participation will […]

by × 13 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Protesters in Chicago, Illinois denounce policies restricting women’s reproductive rights. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons.

Democracy and representation: lessons from Alabama’s blanket abortion ban

Last week, the Senate of the State of Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. It allows abortions only when there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, precluding them in cases of rape, and raising penalties to up to 99 years in prison for […]

by × 28 May 2019 ×