Do you have a proposed solution to an important public policy problem?
Can you apply your analytical skills to solve a policy issue?
Do you want to showcase your idea during an international conference?
Do you want to meet creative students from all around the world?
Apply, collaborate internationally and go to London!
<Information Session will be held on Tuesday, 1 October, 12:20-12:50 at SMBC Academia Hall, International Academic Research Bldg.>
GraSPP Policy Challenge (GPC) offers the unique opportunity to students from diverse background to collaborate and seek to improve their teambuilding and policy-making skills. Participants are tasked with responding to pressing real-world policy challenges as a group, and with designing policies and proposals in response to those challenges.
All students from GraSPP/STIG/GSDM are strongly encouraged to apply. Finalist groups will be ultimately invited to present at the GPPN Student Conference* at London School of Economics and Political Sciences in February to March 2020.
The theme for GPC 2019 is ‘Inequality’.
This broad theme can be interpreted from many different perspectives: as well as wealth or income inequality we also witness inequality of societal outcomes and of opportunities; gender, ethnic and religious inequality; inequality resulting from the climate emergency; resource inequality; inequality between global regions but also within nation states (geographically and societally); inequality of rights; inequality of access to food, healthcare, technology and education; and inequality of personal safety. Any of these inequalities, and many others in addition, would fit within the scope of the theme of the conference.
In this context, we invite students to identify an important policy challenge in any field related to inequality and in any regional, international or national context. Proposals can incorporate public, private or hybrid approaches as appropriate.
We are looking for student presentations on public policy proposals that demonstrate:
- A precise identification and analysis of an important and pressing public policy problem; this precise analysis of the problem will need to be clear prior to discussion of any possible solutions
- A strong use of analytics and empirics and how these can be applied to inform a solution to the public policy problem identified
- An astute understanding of how policy solutions can be implemented given the interests of the policy actors in the chosen context
- A clear awareness of when similar solutions have been tried in the past, why they were successful or how they can be amended in order to be successful in the future.
Please read carefully the guideline, form a group* of 4-5 members with different background and apply through the online form: https://forms.gle/gafVQknrwEERzPTV7 by 9 October. You may also apply individually and leave GraSPP to find your teammates. Announcement of the groups and advisors will be made by 11 October.
a) 4-5 Master’s students who are currently enrolled in GraSPP, STIG or/and GSDM
*PhD students are also welcome to join the project but not allowed to participate in the GPPN Conference in London.
b) Students from diverse background including at least one Japanese and preferably with STIG or/and GSDM students
You can register this initiative as a Case Study course “GraSPP Policy Challenge – Global Innovative Public Policy Solutions” (5140735 / PhD: 5179003) in A2 term. Those who complete all the requirements will earn 2 credits. (Grades: Pass/fail)
* Course registration for A2 term is required separately to earn credits. For more information, please check the course syllabus. This course can be taken repeatedly and counted as up to 4 credits.
Aoi Ohno, Coordinator, GraSPP Office: firstname.lastname@example.org