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    Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Anushna Jha uses Bihar, India, as an example to understand the challenges posed by technology-enabled education as countries look to continue the teaching and learning process in times of emergency. 

Schools in about 188 countries are currently shut owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. There is discussion around how to continue the teaching-learning process in these times of emergency. Many […]

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and An Infection (AI): how Covid-19 is accelerating the future of work

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and An Infection (AI): how Covid-19 is accelerating the future of work

In the first of a three part series looking at the Covid-19 pandemic and worker displacement, Emma Smith and Ross Smith look at the the accelerating effect the outbreak will have on the future of work.  

We’ve heard a lot about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the nature of work will change as machine intelligence starts to pass human […]

Covid as Critical Juncture

Professor in Practice and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Duncan Green, invites comments on his paper exploring Covid-19 as a critical juncture. 

My LSE students are a challenging lot (not as in ‘problem’; as in ‘challenging’) and their questions got me thinking about Covid-19 as a critical juncture. The result is this short-ish (12 page) paper (much improved by the students’ comments on […]

Using behavioural insights to address COVID-19

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies alumna, Emma Smith, refers back to her 2018 dissertation to provide behavioural insights to addressing COVID-19. 

Two years ago, my MSc dissertation in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies started with a chilling sentence: “It is only a matter of time before the world sees another globally threatening outbreak.” It goes on to say “experts […]

Patents, Trade and Medicines: past, present and future

Professor Kenneth Shadlen gives us a summary of a paper he co-authored with with Bhaven Sampat and Amy Kapczynski, which examines the different ways that pharmaceutical intellectual property provisions in trade agreements can affect prices, with a particular focus on regional and bilateral trade agreements. 

The inclusion of rules on intellectual property (IP) in trade agreements has inspired considerable debate. One area […]

The Use of Development Indicators: an Indian case study

Guest blogger, Shubhangi Agarwalla, investigates India’s use of the Ease of Doing Business (EDB) Index as a development indicator. 
“The main advantage of showing a single rank: it is easily understood by politicians, journalists, and development experts and therefore created pressure to reform. As in sports, once you start keeping score everyone wants to win.”

-World Bank Staff Report, 2005
That is precisely […]

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    Anti-stigmatization movements are needed on novel-coronavirus

Anti-stigmatization movements are needed on novel-coronavirus

In response to recent xenophobic attacks following the COVID-19 outbreak, MSc Health and International Development student, Wenzhe Cui, explains why stigmatisation of infected people and potentially infected people is counter-productive to limiting the spread of the virus. 

The global spread of the coronavirus has alarmed the international community. Just like other infectious diseases in history, the novel coronavirus is associated with […]

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    The US-China Trade War: the end of multilateralism or the search for a new bargain?

The US-China Trade War: the end of multilateralism or the search for a new bargain?

Dr Shamel Azmeh, from the Global Development Institute, and Professor Ken Shadlen, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, question whether the US-China trade war is the end of multilateralism. 

In recent years, the collapse of the multilateral economic regime has become a regular theme. In Davos, at the World Economic Conference in January, this issue emerged in […]

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    Building Ukraine for the future: strengthening governance and addressing corruption

Building Ukraine for the future: strengthening governance and addressing corruption

Emerging Market Strategist with Raiffeisen Research and LSE Alum, Sebastian Petric, looks at Ukraine’s unique political relationship with Russia and it’s important geographical location in linking the West to the East. 

The conflicts in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine as of 2014 has had significant effects on Ukraine, her economy and the local exchange rate. In this report, I argue that Russia was […]

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    How Bolsonaro is undermining human rights protection mechanisms in Brazil

How Bolsonaro is undermining human rights protection mechanisms in Brazil

MSc Criminal Justice Policy candidate, Gabriella Saad Azevedo, and MSc Environment and Development candidate, Júlia Bussab Fonseca, collaborate in this article which looks at how Jair Messias Bolsonaro’s policies are undermining basic human rights in Brazil. 

In 2018, Jair Messias Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with an authoritarian discourse that often incited violence and undermined respect for basic human rights, especially those of ethnic […]