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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

The Blavatnik School of Government. Image: Hufton + Crow

A note on a dear mentor

Anna Stewart passed away on 6 October 2017. She was the CEO of UK engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke (who have led the construction of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government building), and less notably, served as my mentor at the School. When I first met Ms. Stewart, a quick-witted and proud […]

by × 24 May 2018 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Guest author

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Going for integrity

In March 2018, the Australian cricket team became embroiled in scandal as two of its players admitted to ball tampering in a match against South Africa. Both players were subsequently suspended as was the Captain. The team’s coach, Darren Lehmann, later resigned. As one of the people asked to review the Australian […]

by × 21 May 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

On March 23, a U.S. representative raised concerns at the World Trade Organization, claiming that “China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials.” His concern related to China’s decision in mid-2017 to impose a ban on the importation of 24 […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

April 23th 2018 marked an incredibly important milestone in the history of Armenia and perhaps in the history of the whole post-Soviet space. After 11 days of peaceful protests demanding the resignation of newly elected prime minister Serzh Sargsyan, he resigned, wishing peace and harmony to the Armenian nation. It […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Climate march in London in 2014.

Now is the time to step up together on climate change

How can countries step up climate action to meet the goals they set for themselves in Paris? A big part of the answer lays in building stronger links to local governments, the private sector, and civil society. In 2018, an international effort to increase climate action and raise ambition has […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Traditional punts in Oxford. Photo: Toa Heftiba. Source: Unsplash

Dare to try, even when you might fail – some thoughts on study and jobs

March was quite an intense month for me. Several deadlines – almost nerve-wrecking deadlines. It was also the month in which the Blavatnik School admission decisions were released. As the decision week drew close in mid-March, I felt sorry for many of the applicants that would be rejected. Last year, […]

by × 10 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

A child with old cathode ray tubes in New Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Informal vs formal recycling: the dilemma of e-waste management

One of the most exciting activities I did during my Erasmus Mundus International Joint Master Degree in Europe was a trip to Paris with my cohort classmates. Standing just underneath the Eiffel Tower, I was completely amazed by its grandness and elegance, particularly when it lit up at night with […]

by × 29 March 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Image: Oxford Circus, London. Source: Flickr.

Why walkable cities enjoy more freedom

If you happen to visit Egypt and find yourself in the famous Tahrir Square, you might be puzzled: how could this space accommodate two million protesters? In fact, the square looked different at the time of the Arab Spring, up until the new military government ringed its central part with an iron […]

by × 02 March 2018 ×