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BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

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Influencing from the inside

At the Blavatnik School of Government students are taught how to critically analyse, develop, and influence public policy. The tools and skills gained by students are universal and the ability to think about policy challenges through economic, philosophical, legal, scientific, and political lenses opens a wide array of professional paths. […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Eleven years to save the planet? The closing political window for climate mitigation

Eleven years to save the planet? The closing political window for climate mitigation

“Eleven years to save the world” reads a common sign at the global Fridays for Future climate strikes. Millions of people in over 100 countries, many of them too young to vote, have taken to the streets to demand governments radically increase efforts to fight climate change over the next […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Guest contributor

Satellite image of the Amazon river in northern Brazil in 2017. There are large brown areas where the vegetation has been cleared away. Photo: European Space Agency.

Growing with net-zero CO2 emissions

We all want to see the recovery of investment in Brazil. The fall in investment has been a major factor in the weakness of our GDP, and its resumption is the path to more jobs and social peace. Despite the clouds in the global trade arena, several elements favouring investment […]

by × 14 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Image credit: UK Department for International Development

‘Leave no woman behind’: key action areas to achieve the UN global goal on gender

In my home country of Pakistan, I have witnessed the lack of opportunities for women to achieve their full economic potential. Policymakers must identify transformative policy solutions for women to develop skills, earn an income, and secure equitable access to credit, information and markets. Increasing women’s labour force participation will […]

by × 13 November 2019 ×

Guest contributor, Science and technology

The case for hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels

The case for hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels

Hydrogen (H2) can play a key role in decarbonising the world economy in the next 15 years, giving a real chance to keep global warming close to the threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. H2 obtained from solar energy can become a major source of heat for households and industry, also […]

by × 10 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Pro-Leave supporters in front of UK Parliament. Photo: Roman Boed

Britain’s post-Brexit choices

Huge amounts of time, effort, and frustration have gone into negotiating the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. And with the UK set to hold a crucial parliamentary election on December 12, it still is not clear whether, when, and how Brexit will happen. But assuming […]

by × 05 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

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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 ×