public policy

#317      43 min 14 sec
Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics

Prof Nikolas Rose

Sociologist Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#316      34 min 37 sec
Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy

Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle

Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#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.

#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.

#304      35 min 47 sec
Quash and prosper: How free market capitalism learned to quell dissent

Prof Alasdair Roberts

Law historian Prof Alasdair Roberts discusses the strategies implemented by the neoliberal establishment to contain dissent. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#302      35 min 12 sec
"Free and equal": Human rights in the global imagination

Prof Mark Philip Bradley

Historian Prof Mark Philip Bradley examines the origins of the concept of human rights. He also discusses the development of a language around this construct. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#300      41 min 10 sec
Does it pay to obey? Over-complying with financial regulations as a deliberate strategy

Prof Andrew Walter

Political economist Prof Andrew Walter talks about approaches to financial regulation in the long aftermath to the Global Financial Crisis, and what happens when banks over-comply with the new rules. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#297      36 min 27 sec
Crush hour: Explosive urbanization and its challenges for India

Assoc Prof Piyush Tiwari

Housing and real estate researcher Assoc Prof Piyush Tiwari discusses urbanization in India and its implications for policy makers. He also explains why Indian slums don’t always deserve the bad rap they get in popular culture. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#289      37 min 07 sec
Fur and against: Scrutinizing the efficacy of animal testing and its alternatives

Prof Thomas Hartung

Toxicologist and pharmacologist Prof Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy. He discusses the emerging protocols and technologies that enable development of safe products without the need to conduct animal testing. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#288      40 min 03 sec
The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care

Prof Keith Yamamoto

Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.