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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 ×

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, Health, welfare and well-being

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 ×