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Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

With a fourth wave looming, many US states are dropping pandemic policy measures

March was a big month for COVID-19 policies in the US. The one-year anniversary of the pandemic was marked by vaccination rollouts, the settling in of new federal leadership, and—in some states—the dramatic loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. More than ten states announced the lifting of various existing restrictions in the […]

by × 30 March 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

The green shoots of COVID solidarity

The green shoots of COVID solidarity

Rich-country governments must now donate COVID-19 vaccines immediately to vulnerable countries, contribute more to international initiatives to ensure a genuinely global rollout, and work with pharmaceutical firms to deliver more transparent, non-exclusive licensing deals. Only this level of solidarity can restore global growth. In a recent letter to her G20 […]

by × 26 March 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

What we learned from tracking every COVID-19 policy in the world

What we learned from tracking every COVID-19 policy in the world

In March 2020, as COVID-19 swept around the globe, my colleagues and I began debating the bewildering new measures popping up around the world with our master’s students in a politics of policymaking class at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. We had a lot of questions. Why […]

by × 25 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Nightingale Hospital London for Covid-19, March 2020. Photo: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Learning from a real-life, real-time situation: COVID-19 briefings

When the coronavirus pandemic changed everyone’s lives one year ago (March 2020), the Blavatnik School acted quickly to recreate the Master of Public Policy (MPP)’s interactive, personalised teaching style in the virtual classroom. A collaborative effort across the whole School enabled our 124 MPP students (the MPP class of 2019) […]

by × 23 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Students

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Each year between January and March, the Admissions team at the Blavatnik School of Government are tasked with sorting through hundreds of applications for the Master of Public Policy (MPP). While reading inspiring accounts of commitment to public service from across the globe is undoubtedly a benefit of the job, […]

by × 22 March 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

Advocate Hina Jilani is a pioneering lawyer who has dedicated her career to fighting for the vulnerable, minorities and political prisoners. She established the first all-women’s law firm (1981) and first legal aid centre in Pakistan (1986) and was awarded the Millennium Peace Prize for Women in 2001 for her […]

by × 18 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

Photo: John Cairns

Managing a case study discussion in class

To ensure students experience a productive learning environment, instructors must carefully manage the discussion. During the discussion, the instructor leads the class through different phases, often called “pastures.” Typically, pastures have one of four aims: exploration, where the class delves into the key tension of the case study; analysis, where […]

by × 15 March 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, arrives in Argentina for the G20 in 2018

How India exemplifies the world’s democratic recession

India, long the world’s largest, most diverse and most hopeful democracy, is officially no longer a democracy. For the first time in almost fifty years, the world’s foremost democracy assessor, Freedom House, downgraded India’s rating from Free to Partly Free. The change this marks is considerable. For nearly three quarters […]

by × 12 March 2021 ×