Recently, global news outlets have been occupied by imminent climate change consequences, increased populist sentiments embedded in tariff wars and Brexit negotiations, and the slow yet powerful rise of developing nations in the political arena. While it is essential to examine the political ramifications of current affairs, analysing societal issues from an economics point of view helps us to identify the policy measures that encourage progress and avoid inefficiency, making it a crucial driver in the search for long-term sustainable growth.
This year, the Business and Economics policy centre will be examining three essential themes throughout the first and second term. We will be delving into green finance and sustainable development, evaluating the potential for an upcoming recession, and dissecting the structure and progress of developing economies in a post-colonial context.
Our first theme, green initiatives, is rooted in the overlap between current environmental and economic policy. Questions we aim to focus on are: how can nations implement effective climate change action without compromising economic growth? Are sustainability measures disproportionately affecting the Global South? How can the market for offsetting and emissions trading be regulated and monitored for effectiveness?
Our second theme will be forecasting trends in our economy – assessing whether trade wars and deteriorating global growth have paved the way for a recession and if there are policy measures that can be taken to minimize the economic impact. UN experts have warned of the potential for a second global recession amidst rising debt and slowing GDP levels, asserting serious repercussions if countries do not coordinate their responses and implement effective economic stimulus plans.
Our final theme will be centred around the nature of globalisation, transnational flows of capital and workers and the making and re-making of territorial borders – specifically in the context of developing nations. In a post-colonial era, have international institutions such as the IMF and WTO worked towards the betterment or detriment of developing nations? How have they overcome these challenges to become leading actors in international politics today?
The Business and Economics Policy Centre always welcomes diversity in opinion. Therefore, if you have any questions about our ongoing research studies or want to be involved in our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Director, Business and Economics Policy Centre
Our Policy Centre:
I’m a final year PPE student with a keen interest in sustainable development finance and the economics of the public sector. As Director my vision for the policy centre is to shift the lens of economic research and analysis towards post-colonial and emerging economies, and green finance.
~ Simran Prajapati, Director
Hi everyone, I’m a third year PPE student from Singapore. I’m passionate about exploring the ways in which economic policy can be used to facilitate growth of developing countries.
~ Disha Datta, Editor
I’m passionate about why institutions do not serve the people they were created for, and want to know how we can change that. I look forward to applying my politics degree to the real world.
~ Inseya Ali, Researcher
I am a third year Economics student from India. I am interested in the advancement of digital economics in the developing countries.
~ Amulya Singhania, Liaison
Our Working Group:
I am a third year philosophy student interested in developmental economics and the effect of artificial intelligence on labour markets in developing economies.
~ Jack Cheng, Working Group
I am a third year Economics student, looking forward to being part of KTT and examining the prevalent issues of today. I’m interested in development economics, particularly the study of emerging and post-colonial economies.
~ Yasmin Cheema, Working Group
I am a 3rd year Business Management student, interested in politics and its impact on business.
~ Jhanvi Ohri, Working Group