Lord Michael Heseltine on a Century of British Politics, Leadership, Foreign Affairs, and Gardening
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
5d ago
In this conversation, Nick Fabbri speaks with Lord Michael Heseltine, former UK Deputy Prime Minister and leading figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In this interview, we reflect on Lord Heseltine's love of gardening, his time at Oxford University and presidency of the Oxford Union, his political career and lessons in leadership, his approach to public policy solutions including privatisation and the revitalisation of Liverpool, as well as Britain, multiculturalism, Brexit, and relations with Europe. *** Lord Michael Heseltine is a giant of British politics, having ..read more
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Kaya Axelsson on net-zero policy
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
1w ago
In this episode, we are joined by Kaya Axelsson, Research Fellow and Head of Policy and Engagement at Oxford Net Zero, an interdisciplinary climate change mitigation research programme at the University of Oxford. MPP student Maeve Collins-Tobin speaks with Kaya about her reflections on her work in the field, common challenges of net-zero policymaking for governments and non-state actors, what makes a good net-zero strategy, and how universities can shape climate change policy. Follow Oxford Policy Podcast on Instagram: @oxfordpolicypod_ ..read more
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Women Saving Women: How to Keep Up the Fight Against Gender Violence in Mexico
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
2w ago
Mariana de Lucio, a Mexican lawyer and an MPP student, joined us to delve into the complex reality of being a woman in Mexico and confront the pervasive issue of gender violence plaguing the country. We explored the alarming statistics surrounding gender violence in Mexico and discussed the urgent need for action from both civil society and government entities. Throughout our conversation, Mariana offers insights into the vital role of civil society, especially women, in addressing gender violence and emphasizes the importance of holding the government accountable for implementing effective po ..read more
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Kostiantyn Koshelenko on digital transformation in social policy, Ukraine’s achievements in e-governance, and his new book on management in times of war
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
2w ago
Erik Kucherenko talks with Kostiantyn Koshelenko, Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine responsible for digital transformation. We talk about the importance of digital transformation in public sector, Ukraine’s achievements in e-governance, including Diia application, which Ukraine now helps export to Columbia, Kosovo, and Zambia. We also discuss how innovations in social policy helped Mr. Koshelenko and his team ensure the fulfilment of state functions even at the start of the Russian full-scale invasion. Then, we turn to Mr. Koshelenko’s recently published book titled Management in Tim ..read more
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Mychailo Wynnyckyj on higher education reform in Ukraine, and overcoming resistance and implementing changes
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
3w ago
Erik Kucherenko talks with Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine responsible for higher education reform. We discuss best practices in the domain of higher education, compare different higher education systems and their advantages. We examine the details of Mr. Wynnyckyj’s and his team’s reform agenda, ranging from merger of universities to harnessing economic methods to incentivise high-quality education and research. Mr. Wynnyckyj also talks about his decision to move to Ukraine after his studies in the University of Cambridge. We discuss his background as w ..read more
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Mriya Aid: a trailblazing NGO helping Ukraine demine its land
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
1M ago
Erik Kucherenko talks with Lubomyr Chabursky, Lesya Granger, Mark Paine, founders of Mriya Aid, a Canadian NGO that has provided close to $10 million of non-lethal military aid to Ukraine. In the first part of the conversation (00:00-1:01:03), we discuss how Mriya Aid has succeeded in winning trust of its donors and of the Canadian government, how it evolved in the last 2 years and how it manages to develop expertise and operate in a highly complex area of non-lethal military aid. Our guests provide practical advice on running an NGO, building organisational resilience, managing communication ..read more
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Grace Fox on the Seminole Nation and Indigeneity, American History, and Finding Purpose and Happiness
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
1M ago
In this episode, Nick Fabbri speaks with Grace Fox, a student of the Master of Public Policy at Oxford University, about her personal story, the history of the Native American Seminole Nation, her family, identity, and belonging. Grace also reflects on her work with the US Department of the Interior in the Bureau of Indian Education in Native American policy, and her wider work in education, equity, and social justice, and what her hopes for the future are in her life and career. *** Grace is from Edmond, Oklahoma, and an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. She recently graduat ..read more
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Dr. Paul Monk on Democracy, the Classical World, Geopolitics, and Finding One's Purpose
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
2M ago
In this episode of the Oxford Policy Podcast, Nick Fabbri and Dr. Paul Monk discuss the crises facing the liberal democracies today, and the lessons that the Roman Republic and Greek democracies may hold for the 21st century. We cover Paul's recent papers delivered to the Institute of Law and Strategy, and his tours of Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia discussing the wars in Ukraine, the Middle East, and the broader geopolitical situation. Dr Paul Monk is a writer, poet, and highly regarded Australian public intellectual with a background in security, intelligence, and consu ..read more
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Shuab Gamote: An Unconventional Educational Journey
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
3M ago
Welcome back to another season of the Oxford Policy Podcast. This is our first episode of the academic year 2023-2024. It is also the start of a new series called “People of the Master of Public Policy”. In this first episode of this series, we have Shuab Gamote as our guest. Shuab is a current MPP student and a passionate advocate for educational equality. This episode is about Shuab’s personal story of growing up in Manchester, experiencing a sometimes failing school system and making it his own political mission to promote quality education. You will also learn about what brought Shuab to t ..read more
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Unlocking the social value of employment through Social Employment
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by Students at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
5M ago
We are back from follow-up from our last episode on youth employment policy. We have Dr. Kate Philip again to discuss more in-depth Social Employment as a policy. Dr. Philip is the lead of the Presidential Employment Stimulus in South Africa, and the programmes she leads have employed more than 300.000 youth as social workers. As we deep dive in the concept of Social Employment, Dr. Philip discusses what constitutes a robust Social Employment programme and how governments can make such programmes scalable through leveraging civil society and partnerships. We also discuss how employing Youth in ..read more
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