Our team of Policy Analysts enjoyed a week of collaborative activity at the 13th G20 summit which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 30 November to 1 December 2018. Led by Hugo Dobson, School of East Asian Studies, and Matthew Bishop, Department of Politics, in collaboration with Hayley Stevenson from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the 19-member team witnessed events unfold at the summit – held for only the second time in a developing country.
The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues. The main theme of this year’s summit was “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development” with the following priorities highlighted by Argentine President Mauricio Macri:
1) the future of work, with the goal of “unleashing people’s potential”;
2) infrastructure for development, by “mobilizing private resources to reduce the infrastructure deficit”; and
3) a sustainable food future by “improving soils and increasing productivity”.
On the Sheffield side, the GLI team consisted of Matthew Bishop (Politics), Holly Barden (Politics), Holly Clarke (Sheffield Methods Institute), Hugo Dobson (East Asian Studies), Jamie Firby, (Journalism Studies), Eleanor Harris (Sociological Studies), Marianne Quinn (Politics), Alex Kirby-Reynolds (Sheffield Methods Institute), Vipran Srivastava (Economics) and Tom Wymer (Politics).
A highlight of this Global Leadership Initiative was the opportunity to work in collaboration with staff and students from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, including Hayley Stevenson, an Associate Professor at UTDT and Reader in the Department of Politics at Sheffield.
In addition to Hayley, the expanded GLI Team included: Martina Alvarez, Sol de Bernado, Camila Dolabjian, Martina Gallego, Eleanor Harris, Daniela Ibañez, Eitan Kiperman, Victoria Lapadula, and Sofía Sant.