Post Tagged with: "cities"

Economic growth and resilience, Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Division of wealth from a rooftop in Casablanca, urban Morocco

Navigating the urban age

Whatever we might say is right or wrong with cities of the 21st century, they’re indisputably a defining feature of our age. As much as we’re post-modern, post-gender or post-colonial, we’re also post-rural. Our existence, for an increasing majority, is urban. Even more than that, our aspirations are urban. This […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

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 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The city of Chengdu Tianfu in China.

China can lead on climate through its cities, companies, and investment

With the Trump administration thinking about taking the US out of the Paris Agreement and already rolling back domestic climate policies, all eyes have turned to China and whether the world’s largest emitter can occupy the leadership void left by the US. President Xi Jinping has called the 2015 Paris […]

by × 15 May 2017 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

Dean Ngaire Woods in conversation with Mayor Anibal Gaviria.

The numbers speak for themselves: a conversation with the Mayor of Medellín

The first day of the Challenges of Government Conference featured a conversation with the mayor of the world’s most innovative city, Medellín, Colombia, moderated by the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Professor Ngaire Woods. In line with the theme of this year’s conference “Flourishing Cities”, BSG hosted the […]

by × 05 January 2015 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Students

Can we shrink the car?

Can we shrink the car?

Peppered with questions and comments from the audience and lively, engaging discussion throughout, this Challenges of Government Conference session about the future of public transport in cities was truly enjoyable…

by × 19 December 2014 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

Patrick Les Galesat the Challenges of Government Conference 2014

Bringing in the doctors: can academia save government from itself?

Academics and policymakers need to work harder to ensure that the best evidence informs and gets translated into the most effective public policies. That is one of the main underlying conclusions from the “Challenges of Government: Flourishing Cities” conference, organised by the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government and held in Oxford last week.

by × 19 December 2014 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Guest contributor

Cairo and Alexandria - Image source: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr

‘Flourishing Cities’: partnering for resilience

‘Flourishing Cities’ is the theme this week of our annual Challenges of Government conference at the Blavatnik School of Government here in Oxford. From an Africa perspective, the conference programme speaks to the scale of urban development and human security challenges in fast-growing cities. Far from Oxford’s pleasant setting, these challenges come across very vividly in the heaving expanse of cities from the Cape Flats in South Africa to Cairo.

by × 11 December 2014 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Students

Durbar Square in Kathmandu  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Kathmandu is hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years – and the last was in 1934

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and home to an estimated 2.5m people, sits in a zone of high seismic activity. The city has historically been hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years. The last big one was in 1934. The eight-magnitude quake destroyed most of Kathmandu’s houses, […]

by × 08 December 2014 ×