BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women in Pakistan waiting to vote, 2013. Image: DFID UK

Pakistan’s election: views from Blavatnik School students and alumni

On Wednesday 25 July, Pakistan held its general election which resulted in Imran Khan’s victory after a controversial political campaign. We have asked some of our Pakistani alumni for their thoughts about the election. Wasif Rehman is a current Master of Public Policy student (MPP 2017) and the recipient of […]

by × 03 August 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

New York's Central Station. Photo by author.

Design, not decay in government buildings

As a fresh faced civil servant on her first posting to Bangalore in 2003, it thrilled me to bits to read the motivational etching on the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru’s postcard monument that houses the State Legislature. It says in native Kannada first: Sarkarada kelasa Devara Kelasa and below it, the […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The White House.

Infrastructure investments must include all Americans

The United States must increase infrastructure investments and improve infrastructure quality and efficiency in order to best serve its citizens. Ranked ninth out of 137 in infrastructure quality on the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, the U.S. may seem to be excelling in the area of infrastructure. […]

by × 12 June 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

The Blavatnik School of Government. Image: Hufton + Crow

A note on a dear mentor

Anna Stewart passed away on 6 October 2017. She was the CEO of UK engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke (who have led the construction of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government building), and less notably, served as my mentor at the School. When I first met Ms. Stewart, a quick-witted and proud […]

by × 24 May 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

On March 23, a U.S. representative raised concerns at the World Trade Organization, claiming that “China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials.” His concern related to China’s decision in mid-2017 to impose a ban on the importation of 24 […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

April 23th 2018 marked an incredibly important milestone in the history of Armenia and perhaps in the history of the whole post-Soviet space. After 11 days of peaceful protests demanding the resignation of newly elected prime minister Serzh Sargsyan, he resigned, wishing peace and harmony to the Armenian nation. It […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

A child with old cathode ray tubes in New Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Informal vs formal recycling: the dilemma of e-waste management

One of the most exciting activities I did during my Erasmus Mundus International Joint Master Degree in Europe was a trip to Paris with my cohort classmates. Standing just underneath the Eiffel Tower, I was completely amazed by its grandness and elegance, particularly when it lit up at night with […]

by × 29 March 2018 ×

BSG 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 ×