public policy

#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.

#333      33 min 04 sec
Whatever happened to the ozone hole? Lessons in timely action to avert global disaster

Prof David Karoly
Dr Robyn Schofield

Atmospheric scientists Prof David Karoly and Dr Robyn Schofield discuss the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic, and what effect timely global action taken in 1987 seems to have had in reversing ozone degradation. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#331      35 min 06 sec
Contagion calculation: Forecasting and tracking outbreaks of influenza

Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon

Epidemiologist Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon discusses research into tracking and predicting the spread of influenza and other viral diseases like Ebola. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#330      
Margaret Wertheim: Confessions of a science communicator

Margaret Wertheim

Celebrated science writer and author Margaret Wertheim discusses the state of science journalism and communication in a world of fragmented social and digital media, as well as her craft-based efforts to foster scientific and mathematical awareness. With Dr Shane Huntington.

#321      32 min 57 sec
Accounting for the rest of us: Capturing important truths about business organizations

Sir David Tweedie

Accounting standard setter and reformer Sir David Tweedie discusses the importance to national economies of global standards of corporate reporting and valuation. He also explains the challenges to having such common standards adopted by individual nation states. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#320      30 min 17 sec
Stethoscopes to spreadsheets: The rise of the physician-executive

Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson

Public governance and health care reform researcher Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson describes the benefits of getting doctors into positions of leadership in medical organisations and national health care systems. Challenges include luring candidates from the clinic to the executive suite, and providing training to doctors in managerial methods. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#318      38 min 13 sec
Banking on the brink: What to do about debt-addicted financial institutions

Prof Anat Admati

Stanford economist Prof. Anat Admati talks about how poor regulation and a lack of political will are endangering the global banking system, and why banks remain “addicted” to debt to fund their often highly profitable business. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#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.