Letter from the Editors Minna Lehtinen and ricardo soares de oliveira

Welcome to the ninth edition of Inspires, the magazine for alumni of the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. We hope you enjoy reading articles by and about our academics, students and fellow alumni.

This year’s print edition of Inspires will arrive to our alumni in a compostable bag, which can be disposed of in a compost bin, with garden waste or with food waste, or indeed as a lining bag if you use a small food waste caddy as we do here in Oxford. We made this change as a small step towards producing a more sustainable publication in light of the climate crisis. We were inspired by the University’s recent effort to reduce the amount of waste generated by the distribution of the Gazette, Blueprint, and The Oxford Magazine – which are now also delivered plastic-free in the same compostable bags. Many thanks go to our printing and mailing house OxUniPrint for helping make this happen.

We are again producing an extended digital edition of Inspires this year, in response to your warm welcome of this development last year. Although many of us enjoy the feel of a physical magazine to leaf through, our alumni can opt to receive the Inspires magazine digitally.

As always, we will continue to listen and welcome your input on how to make both the print and digital editions of Inspires better, and welcome your feedback:

Finally, in addition to all the excellent contributors, we would like to thank the following for their advice and assistance of various kinds: Lucy Guest, Holly Omand, Louise Fawcett, Catherine Lieben, Elle Pfeffer, Siobhan Frank, Joanna Kay and Chris Honour.


Photo credits: WolfBlur "Radcliffe Camera Oxford England"; Shutterstock

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