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Issue No. 24
We’re back with the 24th issue of Insight Magazine and what a semester it has been!
This semester’s issue focuses on community – a salient aspect of the past couple years. Community spirit has been rediscovered through the series of national lockdowns, been activated to unite climate efforts, and been vital in supporting Ukrainians during crisis.
This publication explores not only communities around the globe, but takes a deep dive into our university community, with updates on what is happening in the world Buccleuch Place.
I hope you enjoy reading this semester’s issue, and on behalf of the Insight community would like to thank the School of Economics for their continued support for the magazine, without which this publication would not be possible. And a special thank you to the student authors and editors for all their hard work in making this issue come to life.
If you would like to be part of the Insight community for the next academic year, applications are open for all editorial and production positions. Check out our facebook page for all the details.
– Letter from the 2021-2022 Editor-in-Chief, Serena Grover, April 2022
Community divides have been prevalent throughout history, whether that be based on geographical, political, societal or faith differences.
In this section, Lucy Hannah explores the implications of the UK rural-urban gap, Nina Davies illustrates how a violent military take-over triggered large-scale economic protest and community unrest in Myanmar, and Rory Small examines the effects of Northern Ireland’s troubled past on its communities today.
Power of Communities
Unleashing the power of communities is a tricky business, often neglected by big governments.
In this section, Blanka Mona investigates the role of philanthropy in the welfare state, Evan Bennet discusses the necessity of sustainable transport in developing interconnected communities, Arthur Johnson explores the influence of numbers when joining communities to elicit change, and Andy Bridger explores how remote working influences community spirit.
Edinburgh Economics Community
The next three articles are written by some members of the Edinburgh Economics community. Muski Dowlan reflects on her time as President of the Economics Society, rounding up the work of all Econsoc’s affiliates. Yongxin Guo discusses the progress of EDI EconSoc throughout the past couple years. Finally, we have an exclusive interview piece with members of the Economics Department exploring favourite research topics and Edinburgh-local recommendations.
Government vs Private
The history of the friction between government and private enterprise is a long and unresolved one; favouring one over the other is still the cleanest distinction between the left and the right in Britain.
Who is right? In this section, Alexadros Avgoustidis questions the effect of the free market on drug prices, Milad Sherzad questions the role of the state in the rail industry, and Aryan Jagtap looks at funding for space missions in the US.