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Policy in Practice Seminars


The Policy in Practice Seminars (PiPs) is an integral feature of the MPA programme. These are weekly seminars involving distinguished professionals or researchers who share their experience in public policy.

Benefits as an MPA Student

PiPs provide an opportunity to link up classroom learning to real world scenarios and to bring their theoretical learning to life, often corroborating or challenging things they have learned. Most seminars are rather informal, involve the presentation of a topical, and often controversial, policy-relevant paper, followed by a student-led group discussion. This allows students have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

To give you a better idea about the nature of PiPs, let us tell you briefly about the most recent seminars that took place in 2014-15.

  • James Deane, Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action, focused on the role of health communication and international governance in responding to HIV/AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Michaela Bergman, Chief Counsellor for Social Issues at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), talked about the process of negotiating the EBRD’s Environment and Social Policy 2014 with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Duncan Green, Oxfam's Strategic Adviser, discussed his new paper on the challenges facing international NGOs in adapting to increasingly demanding policy needs.
  • His Excellency Mr Guy Trouveroy, the Ambassador of Belgium shared insight on economic diplomacy and bilateral diplomatic work and the implications for policy-making.

More about our past PiP speakers.