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BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Suzhou Creek rehabilitation project, Shanghai. Photo: Asian Development Bank

Building back better requires a new approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

As the world seeks to “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis, and as China seeks a political re-set with the world, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) must adapt to a new reality. If China embraces and enforces social and environmental standards, its financial support can play a major […]

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Social distancing signs in London

Global governance: planning for the world after COVID-19

After COVID-19 there is a risk the world could be yet more divided, conflictual and nationalistic. But an alternative scenario is within reach. In this scenario, collective action within communities and, where necessary, internationally, will make a more rapid and peaceful exit from the crisis possible.   The high-risk scenario […]

by × 22 May 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Parque Tayrona in Colombia. Credit: ProColombia

Promoting trade and investment in times of uncertainty

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives and has affected hundreds of economies around the world. The Bank of England announced last week that the UK will probably be hit by one of the worst recessions in the last 300 years (with the crisis wiping  out 14 […]

by × 21 May 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

WHO rules global health?

WHO rules global health?

As the coronavirus pandemic devastates health systems worldwide, several governments have called for an independent review of the handling of the international response to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. In particular, such a review would examine the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the chief global health coordinating […]

by × 20 May 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Kimberly Griffitt, 81st Medical Operations Squadron molecular technologist, uses a multi-channel pipetting technique to prepare patient DNA for testing at the 81st Medical Group’s genetics center Mar. 16, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The Air Force Medical Genetics Center is the only laboratory of its kind in the entire Defense Department. Made up of the cytogenetics and molecular genetics labs, the center is focused on providing clinical and laboratory diagnostic services to support all DOD facilities worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

At a time of social isolation, global cooperation is needed more than ever

A single virus spurred a global health pandemic of unprecedented proportions in our times. In a matter of weeks since the outbreak, most of the world’s nations, economies, and societies have come to a halt. In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many governments around the world […]

by × 19 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Author Dhruv (centre) with his classmates while in the Blavatnik School building.

Stronger and more connected: how my MPP class is adapting to the coronavirus situation

Steeped in tradition and pioneering innovation, the Blavatnik School of Government has created a unique place for itself in this historic University. Its unique multi-disciplinary approach – drawing strength from a range of subjects including philosophy, law, political science, economics – and its focus on evidence and practice has strengthened […]

by × 15 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

At the time of writing, it has been a little over six weeks since the lockdown in the United Kingdom came into force. In the uncertainty that followed the initial response we were all confronted with the difficult decision of whether to return back home before restrictions made it too […]

by × 11 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Faculty

Delivering learning excellence under lockdown: how the Oxford MPP continues to innovate

Delivering learning excellence under lockdown: how the Oxford MPP continues to innovate

Even in ‘normal’ times, there’s nothing ordinary about the pace of innovation at the Blavatnik School. This was a school created to take on some of the biggest public policy challenges of our time, including climate change, inequality, extremism and corruption. So, when the COVID-19 crisis hit, it wasn’t surprising […]

by × 01 May 2020 ×