From Geography

Is the state the most influential actor in the global economy?

A state is a politically bound space, within which the resident population is governed by a government authority. States seek to govern the global economy through engaging in national policies that have the fundamental aim to maximise societal welfare for its citizens, thus allowing for the creation, enhancement and retention of economic value to occur…

Are transnational corporations the most influential actors in the global economy?

The advent of globalisation has facilitated interconnectivity and integration between economies in the global economy, thus leading to the rise of Global Production Networks (GPNs) across national boundaries that bring together the interactions of different economic actors. Within the global economy, economic actors play critical roles in the creation, enhancement and retention of economic value,…

Managing Water Resources

The management of water sources involves not only the local management of water resources through supply or demand management but also involves the management of transboundary water sources. As such, while the inflexible mindsets and attitudes of people and corporations, the looming threat of climate change and the inherent inequities within the private management of water, pose a significant obstacle towards the equitable and efficient management of water resources, they can largely be resolved. Conflicts surrounding local, transboundary and even global water sources arise primarily from the fact that water is a shared common resource, thus, conflicts are to occur when a pressure point is reached at the convergence of rising demand as supply shrinks and demands for water compete.

Singapore – Global City #2

For a small nation with little resources, we have come a long way to become a flourishing economy with recognition on the global stage. However, are we setting our eyes on a goal that is even greater, such as establishing ourselves as a global city? The term “global city” can be loosely defined as cities that have control over a disproportionate amount of global business dates in comparison to other cities. Hence it would be especially beneficial to Singapore to become a global city due to the nature of its economy as an open economy, and having such an important role in the global economy would secure a more stable economic future.

Singapore – Global City #1

Singapore, which derives its name from the Sanskrit phrase, ‘Lion City’, is one of the most globalized cities in the world, placing fifth on the 2015 globalisation index, within an astounding span of about 50 years. To attain her great achievements, Singapore boasts many unique policies, infrastructure and governing systems, all of which have proven successful in placing itself on the world map. This may have come at the cost of heritage and the loss of an authentic Singaporean identity, aspects which the government currently is trying very hard to restore, albeit perhaps too late.

On Climate Change

 “There is no question that global climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.” – David Attenborough  To what extent do you agree with the statement? Climate change refers to fluctuations in the Earth’s temperature, consisting of both global warming and global cooling. Both natural and human…

Measuring Global Development

Development refers to change, progress and growth over time and can occur at different scales, from global to regional and to national. Development is a widely contested subject and there lacks a consensus on what development means. However, various indicators have been created in order to measure and gauge development on a global scale and these indicators provide us with a clearer idea on what development entails, the level of development globally, as well as inform policy makers on improvements to be made. The assessment of the ‘usefulness’ of an indicator suggest an evaluation of its accuracy in measuring development, reliability of data and their ability to allow comparison, specifically in the global context.