Articles by: Natalie Ham

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. In the midst of what came to be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, an image of a young nurse holding three premature infants while clutching a telephone, surrounded by blood, chaos and destruction, went viral. The picture not only spoke of the young […]

by × 11 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia […]

by × 08 February 2021 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

On 27 January, the Blavatnik School of Government co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on the ‘Implications of digital trade provisions in UK trade agreements’. The workshop, a joint project between Digital Pathways at Oxford and the Global Economic Governance Programme – both research programmes based at the Blavatnik School – and […]

by × 03 February 2021 ×

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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, 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 ×

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 ×

Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Health, welfare and well-being

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

It was 3 February 2017 – the 19th session of the United Nations Youth Assembly. As I stood at the podium as a youth delegate and surveyed the room of dignitaries, I suddenly felt a great weight of responsibility. Under its own volition my heartbeat increased suddenly and exponentially, but […]

by × 23 October 2020 ×

Alumni, Security and conflict

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

For the past year I have been running a humanitarian mission in Yemen. It is not the first armed conflict I witness, yet the scale of carnage and suffering, destruction to civilian infrastructure, and continuous collapse of peace negotiations have been shocking. Nonetheless, the past few months have left me […]

by × 20 October 2020 ×