BSG Faculty

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 Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Why coal production must end

Why coal production must end

Germany is now producing more coal than for twenty years. This has occurred in a society that prides itself on its concern about climate change and has the largest Green party in Europe. Underlying this evident disconnection between concern and behaviour is an international failure to link the challenge of […]

by × 13 January 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Is the WTO deal good news for multilateralism?

Is the WTO deal good news for multilateralism?

Resolving gridlock involves the search for a new kind of politics that builds on the many and various partial solutions to global challenges that can be found today. The only alternative is collective drift. Last weekend the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 159 members reached a historic deal to speed up […]

by × 19 December 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

The fight against climate change must link up with the multilateral process

The fight against climate change must link up with the multilateral process

Countries, cities, companies, & civil society can lead the fight against climate change – but they must link up with the multilateral process too Global governance is gridlocked. As the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations makes clear, politicians have every incentive to address narrow, short-term interests, and few reasons […]

by × 29 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

How to drive climate ambition

How to drive climate ambition

This week and next, countries meet in Warsaw under UN auspices to seek a solution to the climatic changes already raising temperatures and disrupting weather around the world. It will be the 19th such meeting in as many years. To date, these efforts have produced exactly one treaty to reduce […]

by × 18 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

The Tragedy of Moral Mistakes

The Tragedy of Moral Mistakes

A tragic case was recently reported of a man who died following botched care via the NHS’ telephone helpline. Suffering from blood poisoning, a series of errors, mis-recording and failure to listen meant that he was told simply to take the remedy ‘Gaviscon’. He died shortly afterwards. This was rightly […]

by × 07 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Did climate change cause the NSW bushfires? Absolutely no, certainly yes.

Did climate change cause the NSW bushfires? Absolutely no, certainly yes.

The last few days have been an uncomfortable experience for me. I’ve found myself doing something that I hadn’t ever expected to do.

by × 27 October 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Less is more when it comes to migrant rights

Less is more when it comes to migrant rights

Last week the UN General Assembly debated the global governance of international labour migration. This meeting was particularly timely, following reports of numerous deaths among Nepalese workers on World Cup construction sites in Qatar. But as they gathered in New York, policymakers  once again overlooked one of the hardest questions […]

by × 07 October 2013 ×