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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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Author Dhruv (centre) with his classmates while in the Blavatnik School building.

Stronger and more connected: how my MPP class is adapting to the coronavirus situation

Steeped in tradition and pioneering innovation, the Blavatnik School of Government has created a unique place for itself in this historic University. Its unique multi-disciplinary approach – drawing strength from a range of subjects including philosophy, law, political science, economics – and its focus on evidence and practice has strengthened […]

by × 15 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

At the time of writing, it has been a little over six weeks since the lockdown in the United Kingdom came into force. In the uncertainty that followed the initial response we were all confronted with the difficult decision of whether to return back home before restrictions made it too […]

by × 11 May 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Lebanon in free fall: it may get worse before it gets better

Lebanon in free fall: it may get worse before it gets better

In October 2019, demonstrators took to the streets of Lebanon, chanting “all of them means all of them”— a cry for the entire government to resign. For the first time in years, the country witnessed the mobilisation of thousands of its citizens across every city. There were even Lebanese protests […]

by × 06 March 2020 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

When we started our Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and met all the students and staff, we could not help but feel overwhelmed by the diversity, the passion, the compassion and the vision that everyone had. What every single individual who studies and works here […]

by × 28 February 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

1 May 2019: Girl in uniform at the Yonggwang subway station, Pyongyang Metro

North Korea’s millennials (aka ‘Jangmadang Generation’ and Generation Z

After finishing her homework and house chores and saying goodnight to her parents, Ha-Young would plug her earbuds into her tablet, and watch the latest Korean drama series underneath her blanket. Upon finishing the series, she would take the USB stick to school and quietly ask her trusted friends if […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Tobe (middle) with some RAPID and INASP team members at ODI

My summer project: research uptake and evidence-informed policymaking in Nigeria at the Overseas Development Institute

One of my cardinal objectives for applying to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at the Blavatnik School of Government was exploring how to improve communications between think tanks and policymakers in Nigeria. My own experience working with Nigerian think tanks has taught me that, regardless of the rigour […]

by × 10 September 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Photo by John Cairns

Case studies put you in the shoes of real policymakers – and they’ve been one of the most valuable parts of the MPP

One of the distinctive features of the Master of Public Policy course at the Blavatnik School of Government is its use of case studies in learning. Case studies are real-life scenarios used to illuminate an issue – a theoretical concept, a policy, an ethical dilemma – by placing the student […]

by × 04 September 2019 ×