Aaron Maniam (MPP 2013) delivered a talk at TED's virtual conference on 'New ways to understand life in a pandemic', examining the language we use to describe the COVID-19 pandemic and how this affects our response to it. Drawing on his background as both a poet and policymaker, he outlines the limitations of the metaphors we use to discuss the pandemic – whether as a "war", a "journey" or, as he suggests, an "ecology" – and calls for a nuanced approach that draws on multiple, interlinking metaphors to help us engender a sophisticated, inclusive approach in responding to the pandemic.
Aaron is currently pursuing a DPhil in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School.
Professor Janina Dill appointed to Dame Louise Richardson Chair in Global Security
Professor Janina Dill has been appointed to the inaugural Dame Louise Richardson Chair in Global Security, building on the School’s expertise in international law, economics, philosophy and government, and its wide-ranging engagement on issues from cyber security to reducing state fragility.
School record broken as almost 90% of 2023 master of public policy students have full or partial funding
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) class of 2023 arrived in Oxford, hailing from 58 different countries, for the start of their journey to navigate public policy. In total, almost 90% of this year's class of 147 brilliant students are receiving some funding to support their participation in the programme.