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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 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Using Financial Incentives and Mobile Monitoring to Address Teacher Absenteeism in Uganda’s Primary Schools

Using Financial Incentives and Mobile Monitoring to Address Teacher Absenteeism in Uganda’s Primary Schools

Researchers from the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda, the Department of Economics and Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, and Georgetown University School of Public Policy, in collaboration with World Vision Uganda, are examining how to increase teacher presence in rural primary schools in Uganda. Preliminary results […]

by × 23 September 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Global Cooperation Buckling Under Past Successes

Global Cooperation Buckling Under Past Successes

In finance and beyond, how is global cooperation failing from its own prior wins? The 2008-2009 financial crisis was arguably the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. Why, then, has regulatory reform in key countries and at the global level been so piecemeal? Measures that have been agreed on, […]

by × 11 September 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

The EU and US need to understand the domestic constraints to what they can contribute to Chinese climate policy Li Shuo of Greenpeace China has recently argued on chinadialogue that UN climate talks can drive more ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in China, the world’s largest emitter. This optimism goes against […]

by × 03 July 2013 ×