Case method for public policy: Connecting teaching and research

A workshop for academic leaders in policy schools
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
June 2021

This two-day workshop, hosted by the Case Centre on Public Leadership, is for faculty at policy schools looking at ways to further bridge research and teaching and become more exciting and impactful teachers.


The workshop will teach participants how to use the case method to connect teaching and research for public policy education. On the first day, you will see a case taught; unpack the teaching methods used; and hear about how our cases are written and situated in the public policy curriculum. The evening will conclude with a dinner featuring a keynote speaker. On the second day, you will look into connecting research with case writing; brainstorm how to leverage case method teaching to support your school’s strategic goals; and explore how to establish your own case centre.

Case Method teaching at the Blavatnik School

Since 2017 the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government has been adapting the case method to the unique needs of public policy education. Our team at the School’s Case Centre on Public Leadership was recognised with the 2019 Outstanding Case Writer award by the international Case Centre organisation – the independent home of the case method. What distinguishes our use of the case method is that we employ it to bring cutting-edge faculty scholarship into the classroom, thus marrying disciplinary research and policy teaching. Knowing that we share a mission to advance public service worldwide, the Blavatnik School is keen to share this powerful strategy with other schools of government public policy.


The workshop fee of £1,095 is inclusive of tuition, learning materials, accommodation and meals for the programme.

Workshop participants will be granted three years of access to authorised Blavatnik School cases for their use in the classroom.

Participants should plan to arrive by 12:00 on 21 June and leave after 14:00 on 22 June. Please download and read our terms and conditions.

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