Health, welfare and well-being

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

São Paulo downtown, Brazil, 2016. Image: Wikimedia

Providing evidence to policymaking: helping the State of São Paulo face the COVID-19 crisis

March was a critical month for the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world. While the virus started to spread rapidly across different countries, China, Spain and Italy portrayed a sombre future for those that left the virus unchecked. And that seemed to be the case for Brazil.  As […]

by × 20 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is currently spreading at an alarming rate. Despite showing signs of slowing down, the total number of infected individuals stands at around 13 million as of late July 2020, which is astounding compared to previous instances of the coronavirus, including SARS and MERS. In light of this, a strategy […]

by × 17 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Managing COVID-19 in Kerala, India – an alumna’s experience

Managing COVID-19 in Kerala, India – an alumna’s experience

As a civil servant working in the state of Kerala, India, for the past seven years, I have been on the foreground while the state has dealt with various challenges – from severe flooding in 2018 and 2019 to the outbreak of Nipah virus in 2018. However, dealing with a […]

by × 24 June 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Social distancing in Hyde Bus Station. Image by Gerald England.

Behavioural science, public policy and the MPP: putting nudges to work during the Coronavirus

In the past term, through the magic of video conferencing, students in the MPP module of Applied Behavioural Public Policy have explored a variety of ways in which behavioural science has been used in public policy to influence people – from getting them to pay their taxes on time, to […]

by × 17 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

“We might die of hunger before being killed by the virus”: How COVID-19 compounds the challenges of Pakistan’s transgender community

“We might die of hunger before being killed by the virus”: How COVID-19 compounds the challenges of Pakistan’s transgender community

While the current lockdown in Pakistan has had a detrimental effect on livelihoods across the country, its impact on transgender communities has been particularly devastating. COVID-19 has revealed a troubling picture of transgender people’s social exclusion, marked by high poverty rates, a lack of social security programmes, and structural discrimination. Over the […]

by × 16 June 2020 ×

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, Health, welfare and well-being

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 Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

People wearing masks in Guangzhou, China, February 2020. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When viruses turn political

Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic” that could kill 50-80 million people, cause panic and instability, and seriously affect the global economy and trade. The experience of the last 200-plus […]

by × 17 February 2020 ×