Making a difference: a medical toolkit with a mobile app

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students’ solution-oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world met […]

Greetings from Gina, Chair of the MPA Student Association!

Hello, congratulations and welcome to the LSE MPA!

My name is Gina and I am the Chair of the MPA Student Association (MPASA) for 2017-2018. I moved to London from New York City last summer and cannot believe how quickly time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday that I arrived on campus for our pre-sessional courses, dived into […]

SuperGov – Empowering Citizens with Super Governance

This blog post summarises a submission by a group of our LSE MPA students for this year’s GPPN conference which took place in February 2017. This group’s submission aims to address the trust gap between citizens and their governments and proposes a solution. 

The Problem

Confidence in national governments across OECD countries had decreased to an all-time low of 40% in […]

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    Harry Potter Meets Prototypes for Policy-Making: the Global Public Policy Network Conference 2017

Harry Potter Meets Prototypes for Policy-Making: the Global Public Policy Network Conference 2017

“Eternal glory! That’s what awaits the student who wins the Triwizard Tournament, but to do this, that student must survive three tasks.”
Although J. K. Rowling could not have known it, these words of Professor Dumbledore to the students of Hogwarts actually provide great insight into the workings of one of the highlights of the MPA calendar: the annual student […]

Piecing together a paradigm and the “Power of Free”

Every year, LSE students wait in long queues to reach the J.P Morgan smoothie bar. You may think they stand in the rain for an hour to network and enhance their career prospects. However, there may be other behavioural phenomena at play. Have you heard of the zero price effect otherwise known as the “power of free”?

Dan Ariely provides […]

Transforming a business model to change lives in Nairobi

The LSE Management course MG438 teaches students about Business Model Innovation and how to radically change various parts of a business model.  We also learn how businesses operate at the base of the pyramid (the poorest economic quintile). This is very important when working in social enterprises or consulting in a developing country’s poorest region(s). Much contemporary business education is […]

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    What can the Association of South East Asian Nations learn from the European Union?

What can the Association of South East Asian Nations learn from the European Union?

The International Conference on ASEAN Development (ICAD) brought students from all over the world to discuss the latest issues and challenges faced by the ASEAN. ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations), which comprises of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and Indonesia, is celebrating one year of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) establishment. The theme of […]

My reflections on the LSE-SIPA MPA dual degree

In this blog post, Laura Muller explains her motivations for pursuing a dual-degree Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Columbia’s School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), New York, with a concentration at SIPA in International Finance. Laura’s professional background is in Finance, having worked in Goldman Sachs (Wealth Management), J.P. Morgan (Emerging Markets) and […]

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    Why the MPA theoretical frameworks are invaluable for complex problem solving

Why the MPA theoretical frameworks are invaluable for complex problem solving

How helpful is the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme for those aspiring to be practitioners? During a recent consulting engagement, I was reminded of how valuable theories can be for understanding complex questions. Using the cost/benefit analysis framework taught in the EC455 Quantitative Approaches and Policy Analysis course, I was able to quantify the benefits from potentially improved […]

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    The Paradox of Caring for Orphans versus Caring for Children

The Paradox of Caring for Orphans versus Caring for Children

LSE MPA alumna Bekka Russell argues that orphanage care for children who have lost their parents should never be the end goal, but rather the fall back when there are no other safe options.

I founded and run an organisation that includes an orphanage, and I hate orphanages. Just one of the many mind-bending situations you find yourself in when […]