Recent posts

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image by author

Anti-corruption protests in Romania: The opportunity of a generation

The recent mass protests in Romania were the largest since the fall of the communist regime in December ‘89. These started when the newly elected Romanian government hastily (bordering on ‘furtively’) adopted an ordinance bill in an attempt to decriminalise misuse of office. As a response, citizens have taken over […]

by × 27 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo via America 2.1

Corruption in Latin America: destruction or opportunity?

In these “orange times of terror”, Latin America has some more important issues to focus on, rather than spend all its energy and efforts dealing with Trump and his distinctive foreign policy in the region. Only a few months after the ‘Panama Papers’ controversy, a new corruption scandal has emerged. […]

by × 21 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Sirius Building, an apartment complex in Sydney by architect Tao Gofers. Photo by Eastberliner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The bitter debate that we need to have about home ownership

Australians love houses. We have a culture where home ownership is expected. A mandatory rite of passage for anyone that can rustle up a deposit. And once you have bought, the government gives you a big thumbs up with a range of special exemptions for the family home. But housing […]

by × 17 February 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Master of Public Policy students on their first day in September 2016.

Admissions update: What happens next?

Applications for our MPP Class of 2017 have now drawn to a close and we have received an exciting pool of 762 applications from 109 countries and territories, including first time applications from Costa Rica, Swaziland and East Timor. Awarding places to just 120 students from an exceptionally strong bunch […]

by × 15 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams. Source: Flickr CC

Trump’s Immigration Ban jeopardises scientific collaboration and technological advancement

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus. The New Colossus. Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, United […]

by × 10 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Tinkoff Bank Mobile banking application. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The role of financial technology in the fight against poverty

Let me begin this blogpost with what I think is a necessary preamble. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past several years, I’m well aware of the problems posed by profit masquerading as purpose.  Tech company after tech company has claimed that their product is going […]

by × 08 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

The insecurity of globalisation is perhaps becoming overwhelming. There seems to be a strangely pervasive atmosphere of marginalisation and threatened dignity these last weeks, cutting across ideological divides. Yesterday’s contribution to this blog articulated some principles of what we might need to do in response. My intention below, without necessarily […]

by × 03 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Donald Trump signs Executive Orders, January 2017. Source: Wikimedia Commons

We must speak out to protect our democracy

“All I have is a voice. To undo the folded lie.” – W.H. Auden Auden wrote that line as part of an extended poem in 1939 during a period of rising upheaval with the onset of World War II.  In the midst of another period of political upheaval in the […]

by × 02 February 2017 ×