BSG Students

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Tobe (middle) with some RAPID and INASP team members at ODI

My summer project: research uptake and evidence-informed policymaking in Nigeria at the Overseas Development Institute

One of my cardinal objectives for applying to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at the Blavatnik School of Government was exploring how to improve communications between think tanks and policymakers in Nigeria. My own experience working with Nigerian think tanks has taught me that, regardless of the rigour […]

by × 10 September 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Photo by John Cairns

Case studies put you in the shoes of real policymakers – and they’ve been one of the most valuable parts of the MPP

One of the distinctive features of the Master of Public Policy course at the Blavatnik School of Government is its use of case studies in learning. Case studies are real-life scenarios used to illuminate an issue – a theoretical concept, a policy, an ethical dilemma – by placing the student […]

by × 04 September 2019 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Maitha introducing Palmwood to youth in the UAE

My summer project: Design Government Initiative in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is only 48 years old, and its government institutions are just as young. While young, the UAE is an ambitious country, not just in its skyline (having the tallest building in the world), but also in its innovative approach to government structure – being the […]

by × 22 August 2019 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Paola (third from left) with her colleagues

My summer project: working at the Unit for Gender Equality at Mexican Congress

Last December, a new government assumed power in Mexico. It was the first time that a leftist party won the presidential election and a simple majority in the Lower House of Congress. Since its institutionalisation in 2014, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party gave Mexicans a new source of hope […]

by × 12 July 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

“While Away” – my photographic project portraying MPP students and their stories

“While Away” – my photographic project portraying MPP students and their stories

Before coming to Oxford I trained as a social anthropologist. I was drawn to that discipline because of my general interest in people and their stories. As a researcher, I developed some photographic skills and tried to use photography not only as a way of illustrating a story, but as […]

by × 26 June 2019 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

Some twenty years ago, Paddy Chew selflessly withstood a torrent of hate when he publicly came out as the first Singaporean HIV-positive individual. Amidst the cloud of uncertainty around the epidemiology of HIV back in 1998, Paddy implored his fellow Singaporeans to extend their compassion towards people living with HIV […]

by × 06 June 2019 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in 2015. Photo: Mauro Rico / Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación.

Fernández-Fernández: centrist credibility in the Argentina election?

In any presidential campaign, candidates running for president announce their ticket partner for vice president. At least that seems to be the rule of thumb everywhere, but Argentina. For the first time in Argentine history, a candidate running for vice president announced their formula partner for the upcoming elections in […]

by × 30 May 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Christ Church Hall, Oxford University. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

This time last year: how I chose the MPP at the University of Oxford over other courses

Last year around this time, I was struggling with one of the major decisions of my life – selecting the graduate school for pursuing my higher education. I am sure a lot of you who have received admissions offers from multiple institutions will be going through the same right now. […]

by × 19 March 2019 ×