public policy

#256      40 min 32 sec
Eastern academies: The rise and rise of Asian universities

Prof Simon Marginson

Higher education globalization expert Professor Simon Marginson examines the factors that have fuelled the inexorable rise of higher education in China and elsewhere in Asia. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#253      30 min 46 sec
Sedimental journey: Probing climate's buried past to predict our future

Prof Jonathan Overpeck

Paleoclimatologist Prof Jonathan Overpeck describes how research into uncovering the earth’s climate history generates important insights about our climate future. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#241      20 min 45 sec
Raising emperors: The social cost of China's one-child policy

Prof Lisa Cameron
Assoc Prof Nisvan Erkal

Behavioral economists Prof Lisa Cameron and Assoc Prof Nisvan Erkal examine the effects of China’s one child policy on the interpersonal skills of a generation of only children. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#235      40 min 05 sec
Tight-lipped transactions: Degrees of transparency in sovereign wealth funds

Assoc Prof Christopher Balding

Political economist Assoc Prof Christopher Balding examines the rapid rise of sovereign wealth funds in global finance, and focuses on issues of transparency and governance. He also discusses the impact that such large sums of money have on domestic and international politics. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#226      21 min 30 sec
Early enrichment: Giving indigenous children a head start

Prof Collette Tayler

Early childhood researcher Prof Collette Tayler explains how the Abecedarian approach, a behavioral and social conditioning program originally developed in the United States to give at-risk toddlers a head start in life, is being adapted to help very young children of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#219      33 min 10 sec
Lifting the baseline: Tackling healthcare challenges in developing economies

Dr David Hipgrave

Paediatrician and public health researcher Dr David Hipgrave discusses the challenges to the provision of healthcare in developing economies. He also takes a close look at infant mortality and child health in these countries. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#214      27 min 22 sec
Toxic titbits? The effects of nanoparticles on our health

Prof. Kenneth Dawson

Bio-nanoscience investigator Prof Kenneth Dawson discusses current research into nanoparticles and their potential effects on our health. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#213      34 min 58 sec
Becoming Brazilian: The making of national identity in the South American giant

Prof. Marshall Eakin

Historian Prof Marshall Eakin takes us beyond Brazil’s emblematic moments of Carnaval and World Cup victories to examine the country’s long path to a national consensus on what it means to be Brazilian. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#212      39 min 11 sec
Tender truths: The real costs of letting the private sector deliver public services

Prof. John Alford
Assoc. Prof. Janine O'Flynn

Public policy experts Prof John Alford and Assoc Prof Janine O’Flynn discuss the hidden costs and long-term effects of outsourcing important public services to for-profit firms in the private sector. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#194      29 min 29 sec
Degrees of uncertainty: Modeling the climate impact of greenhouse gases

Dr Malte Meinshausen

Senior climate impact researcher Dr. Malte Meinshausen explains how climate change is modeled, and estimates the effect of timely mitigation of  greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.