globalisation

#382      33 min 27 sec
Going viral: Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases

Prof John Fazakerley

Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley details the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them in check. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#372      41 min 22 sec
The road to dignity: Philip Alston on freedom from poverty as a human right

Prof Philip Alston

Is extreme poverty merely evidence of failed economic policy or should it also be seen as a breach of human rights? Legal scholar and UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston argues that the conversation around human rights has yet to take seriously how the world's very poor are excluded from a life of dignity -- underpinned by access to education, basic health care and housing -- while extreme inequality is itself in part sustained by the blocking of civil and political rights by elites. Presented by Peter Mares.

#353      32 min 09 sec
From Proletariat to Precariat: Navigating Uncertainty in a Globalised Economy

Prof Leon Fink

American labor historian Leon Fink discusses the rise of the Precariat -- people in developed economies in a permanent state of underemployment or intermittent work due to changes in working conditions since the 19th century. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#346      31 min 24 sec
Superstar firms in the global economy: Towards a new understanding of international markets

Prof Peter Neary

Oxford economist Prof Peter Neary talks about new research into international trading firms that reveals some uncomfortable truths for policy makers and governments hoping to pick export winners and encourage startups. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#338      41 min 04 sec
Man about town: Neil Brenner on reframing our cities and their global impact

Prof Neil Brenner

Renowned urban theorist Neil Brenner argues that the widespread notion we live in an “urban age” as people move increasingly into cities is fundamentally flawed. He also suggests that “urbanization” be redefined to include the profound impact of city growth on ever more distant hinterlands. Presented by Peter Mares.

#325      29 min 48 sec
Getting your Monet’s worth: The rapidly changing global market in art

Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Art market researcher and former curator Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios examines the rapidly evolving relationship between art and money on the international stage. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#313      34 min 00 sec
The new inequality: Researching the widening gap in wealth and income

Prof Karen Rowlingson

Social policy researcher Prof Karen Rowlingson discusses the growing inequality in income and wealth in the developed world, how it’s researched, and its implications for society and individuals. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#308      33 min 07 sec
When win-win lost: Big business and the myth of Corporate Social Responsibility

Prof Peter Fleming

Business ethicist Prof Peter Fleming critically examines the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and concludes, that in practice, CSR is tragically compromised. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#307      34 min 04 sec
Firm hand: Corporations and their behaviour in conflict zones

Assoc Prof Virginia Haufler

Political scientist Assoc Prof Virginia Haufler explains how business corporations can reduce the negative impact of their presence, and even build resilience, in the conflict-affected communities and countries in which they operate. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#294      32 min 04 sec
Exhibiting behaviors: The business of running metropolitan art galleries and museums

Prof Gerard Vaughan

Art historian and former gallery director Prof Gerard Vaughan discusses the challenges, fiscal and otherwise, facing publicly-funded art galleries. He also explores the evolution of curatorship in these galleries. With host Elisabeth Lopez.