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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

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Is panarchy relevant in the COVID-19 pandemic times?

The COVID-19 profoundly changed our lives in a short period of time. The Blavatnik School now offers innovative digital teaching and online forums where MPP students and alumni from different parts of the world can continue to develop critical thinking and debate policy issues. But the changes affecting our lives […]

by × 10 June 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Politics of policymaking with Dame Helen Ghosh – the Blavatnik School student podcast

Politics of policymaking with Dame Helen Ghosh – the Blavatnik School student podcast

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the policymaking process into sharp focus, highlighting the complex and interconnected challenges on how to take decisive action in the face of so many ‘unknown unknowns’. As countries around the world move towards easing lockdown measures, governments have struggled with the unintended consequences of […]

by × 09 June 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

As the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden is in a strong position to become the 46th President of the United States. Approaching his 78th birthday, he is likely to be a one-term president. Biden’s age has been a major point of contention in the campaign; he has been branded as […]

by × 05 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

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A matter of life and death: a note on the ‘Policing and Pandemics’ webinar

The role of law enforcement during the COVID-19 crisis has come into sharp focus the world over. Last April, the Blavatnik School of Government organised a webinar for its alumni on policing and pandemics. Led by Christopher Stone, Professor of Practice of Public Integrity at the School and international expert […]

by × 04 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Building bushfire resilience: Indigenous cultural burning policy in Australia

Building bushfire resilience: Indigenous cultural burning policy in Australia

The devastating 2019–20 Australian bushfire season seems a lifetime ago. With the vast changes we have seen to our daily lives brought on by the spread of COVID-19, it’s hard to believe the bushfire season only officially ended in March. The extent of the Black Summer bushfires – with an […]

by × 29 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Guest contributor

Choir performance at Queen's College, Oxford. Photo by author.

A discoverer’s life at Oxford

Last year, almost ten years since I was last in the UK, I came back to spend some time at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as their Caixin Visiting Fellow. In the middle of the Brexit chaos, Britain almost seemed a completely different country. In addition, having grown up in […]

by × 28 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

The ‘Window to the World’ at the Blavatnik School. Photo: John Cairns.

The “COVID cohort”: Redefining what it means to study public policy in a time of global crisis

Upon beginning the Blavatnik School of Government’s Master of Public Policy in September, I could have never imagined that I would be back at home in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada only six months later, having traded the ‘Window to the World’ for calls on Zoom and myriad other online platforms. […]

by × 26 May 2020 ×