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Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

A year after the Beirut blast: Is Lebanon falling into the abyss?

A year after the Beirut blast: Is Lebanon falling into the abyss?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. Amid the rubble caused by one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history, lay a clock with hands frozen at 6:09 PM. The clock not only marked the exact moment of this tragedy, it also became the metaphor for the political paralysis over the years that plunged Lebanon into darkness.

by × 04 August 2021 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

Nigeria: the salience of depoliticising election management bodies

Nigeria: the salience of depoliticising election management bodies

Across the world, election management bodies (EMBs) operate as bulwarks of the democratic process. By superintending electoral competition, EMBs uphold democratic values, influence political behaviour and shape the character of democratic institutions. These daunting tasks vest substantial responsibility in electoral institutions to ensure decisions, policies and programmes are guided by […]

by × 30 June 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Is the EU’s Carbon Border Tax a good approach?

Is the EU’s Carbon Border Tax a good approach?

The EU’s Green Deal demonstrated strong climate ambition indeed. Nevertheless, it is far from being free of concerns and controversies, particularly considering its implications beyond domestic EU politics. A controversial element is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). This mechanism is intended to place a carbon price on imports of […]

by × 24 June 2021 ×

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A nudge towards the vaccine

A nudge towards the vaccine

Since the beginning of the year, one topic has dominated the conversation  – the coronavirus vaccines. Who’s getting them? Why are they getting them? And, how can we ‘nudge’ hesitant people to get them? In the past term, the class of Applied Behavioural Science for Public Policy (part of our […]

by × 15 June 2021 ×

Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

A mid summer night’s nightmare: the second wave of COVID-19 in India and why nobody is surprised

A mid summer night’s nightmare: the second wave of COVID-19 in India and why nobody is surprised

I am into the second month of self-imposed isolation at home to escape from the hell outside called the second wave of COVID-19 in India. Grappling with despair, grief and anxiety, I cut cable connection and stopped reading newspapers to avoid seeing the horrendous images of stacked dead bodies in hospital lobbies, corpses floating down the river and collapsed people battling for breath on the streets.

by × 01 June 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

EU flags at the European Commission Berlaymont building. Image by Guillame Périgois via Unsplash.

What does it mean to be green? Some remarks on the EU sustainable finance package

In its quest to make Europe the ‘first climate-neutral continent’, the EU has established a sustainable finance action plan that seeks to channel funds towards ‘greener’ economic activities and investments that will lead the world towards a net-zero circular economy with little environmental impact. The EU Taxonomy Regulation – an […]

by × 24 May 2021 ×

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Image by Wilfried Pohnke from Pixabay

Words of wisdom from COVID-19 experts around the world

Not everyone knows that behind the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, there are hundreds of trained volunteers contributing from all around the world. They all meet virtually every Thursday and during these calls, we hear directly from influential guest speakers – here are our top takeaways from these sessions.

by × 19 May 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo by Zbynek Burival on Unsplash

Net zero: despite the greenwash, it’s vital for tackling climate change

It might seem odd to find supporters of climate action debating the merits of a concept that science shows to be essential for halting climate change, and which is accordingly embedded at the heart of the defining global agreement.