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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 ×

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Design thinking in government

Design thinking in government

When I first suggested the topic of this blog to a friend, he said it was an oxymoron. Design and government? Thinking and government? If design thinking is all about putting people first, many do not believe that policies really put people first. The design thinking process involves many steps […]

by × 23 May 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The Trump Baby blimp rises over London’s Parliament Square. Image: Michael Reeve. Source: Flickr.

Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies. And in many democracies nowadays, those rights are being used to the fullest. Climate activists […]

by × 30 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Image: Flickr CC

The Brexit impossibility triangle

With the European Union’s latest extension of the United Kingdom’s membership in the bloc, onlookers around the world are right to wonder why the Brexit process has proved so intractable. The short answer is that the UK’s government and parliament are trying to achieve three incompatible goals: preserving the country’s […]

by × 15 April 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Upcycled shirts developed by NIFT students as part of design curriculum

Circular fashion ‘sparks joy’

First up, I can’t do what Marie Kondo does. Discard. In her new Netflix series, people who have accumulated clothes over time are seen decorously breaking down and seeking the help of Marie to check whether their shopping sparks joy. If not, the alternative is one: discard. Discarding is so […]

by × 27 March 2019 ×