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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

London, UK - 9th November, 2011:  Two London policemen standing by the roadside during a demonstration being held in Central London. Their motorcycle colleagues are positioned in the background.

Exploring public leadership in the BLM era: a case study on stop and search

Last year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement focused global attention on the deep-seated challenges of racism and police violence in Black communities, with activists around the world advocating for racial justice on an unprecedented scale. This is a major challenge of our time – one that demands the attention […]

by × 06 January 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

photo (c) John Cairns

Building and maintaining an effective team, from classroom to boardroom

The question of how to build and sustain an effective team is regularly top-of-mind for leaders around the world, whether in boardrooms or in cabinets. It is also something that students will be familiar with — in particular, MPP students are encouraged to form study groups, teams of 5-8 people […]

by × 17 December 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

COVID-19 has offered some tough but useful lessons about governance. Many wealthy countries did not manage the crisis as well as anticipated, whereas many poorer, populous, and vulnerable countries exceeded expectations. The difference raises important questions not just about public health management but also about the state of governance in […]

by × 04 January 2021 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

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The ‘tech’tonic plates begin to shift

Russia is back with a bang this month in the great game of cyber competition. The SolarWinds supply chain compromise, which counts among its confirmed victims some of the most important institutions in the US government and one of America’s best cyber security companies, will go down in history as […]

by × 21 December 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit 2020. Picture by Freddie Mitchell / No 10 Downing Street.

Net zero: from ‘tell us’ to ‘show us’

The Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December saw countries making various kinds of pledge to accelerate emission-cutting: ending use of fossil fuels (Barbados), putting an end to new coal-fired power station building (Pakistan), making deeper reductions over the next decade (Colombia, Rwanda)… and setting a net zero emissions target (Kazakhstan). Welcome, Kazakhstan, to the […]

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Front entrance to the Blavatnik School of Government building (image credit: Hufton+Crow)

Preparing to submit your application: final checklist

This time of year marks the run-up to the MPP and DPhil application deadline, which falls on Friday 8 January 2021 at midday (GMT). The week before the deadline is an extremely busy time for the admissions teams both at the Blavatnik School and at the University of Oxford, so […]

by × 14 December 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

‘Prolonged lockdowns are a route to poverty’: MPP alumnus interviews Professor Sir Paul Collier

‘Prolonged lockdowns are a route to poverty’: MPP alumnus interviews Professor Sir Paul Collier

Professor Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Awarded a knighthood in 2014 ‘for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa’, his expertise covers areas including conflict and fragility, democracy and development in low-income and natural resource-rich societies, and […]

by × 01 December 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A good COVID-19 vaccine is one that works for rich and poor alike

A good COVID-19 vaccine is one that works for rich and poor alike

The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine brings good news for everyone in the world because it has been conceived with global fairness baked into its design. It is a pro-poor vaccine. We have the magic liquid and now we need to rise to the challenges of a pro-poor roll-out. Seven ingredients of […]

by × 23 November 2020 ×