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The Robert Davies Essay Competition

The Skoll Centre in Oxford and the Althea Foundation in San Francisco established the annual Robert Davies Memorial Essay Contest in 2015.

Each year, students and faculty from across the University of Oxford are invited to submit their essays on a specified topic. A total of £15,000 will be distributed between the best three entries.

2016 contest & winners

Theme: Accountability in the Digital Age: Social, Technological, Political and Commercial Implications.

In a world where technology is fast evolving and an integral part of our daily lives, it is critical for the interests of national security and personal privacy that clear digital accountability standards be maintained. These regulations and norms, however, often lag behind the revolutionary pace of technological progress. This award will encourage Oxford University students and / or current faculty to consider the challenges of digital accountability and theorize potential solutions combining the capabilities of public and private sectors.


The £15,000 prize money was distributed, with 1st place awarded £8,000, 2nd place awarded £4,000 and 3rd place awarded £3,000  
1st: 'The Democratisation of Accountability in the Digital Age: Promise and Pitfalls' ,  Dr Paul Billingham and Alastair Colin-Jones

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2nd: 'A consideration of the challenges of digital accountability and a theorisation of potential solutions that combine the public and private sectors', Angelina Bishman

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3rd: 'Accountability in the Digital Age: Social, Technological, Political, and Commercial Implicationsn', Ilinca Barsan and Zachary Korman

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Previous Winners

Describe how ‘the internet of everything (IOE)’ can enhance large scale transformational change around corporate responsibility and economic opportunity"  
Winning Essay, 2015: 'How the Internet of Everything can jumpstart corporate responsibility', Alexa Rose (MBA, 2015) Read essay


About Robert Davies

HRH The Prince of Wales and Robert Davies, a visionary social entrepreneur, founded the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) in 1990.  Robert led the organization until his death in 2007. Robert’s life was committed to making the world a better place by building strong relationships between major global corporations, the public sector and civil society. In that role, he drew business into issues of sustainability, human rights, corruption and health, demonstrating to corporate leaders that responsible behaviours are in their long-term interest. Supported by multi-nationals, the International Business Leaders Forum was able to make a significant contribution to business leadership and practices over a period of 24 years.


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