public policy

#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.

#287      39 min 22 sec
Positively China: Toward a psychology of happiness in Chinese society

Prof Kaiping Peng 彭凯平教授

Social psychologist Professor Kaiping Peng (彭凯平教授) examines the role of psychology in a China confronted with tremendous economic and social change. Prof Peng also discusses how the positive psychology movement fits into Chinese cultural and social structures to contribute to mental health and well being. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#284      43 min 05 sec
Crowdfunding: How a radical new finance model is changing product development, research and the arts

Dr Richard Swart

Crowdfunding researcher Dr Richard Swart describes the explosive growth of crowdfunding in its very short history, and explains how crowd-sourced funding is radically and irrevocably changing how business is done. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#279      34 min 45 sec
Willingly waived: Migrant workers trading away rights for access to jobs

Dr Martin Ruhs

Labor migration researcher Dr Martin Ruhs discusses the often thorny questions around the rights of migrant labor versus access to work. With host Peter Mares.

#274      36 min 06 sec
Just cities: Planning for fairness in the modern metropolis

Prof Susan Fainstein

Urban planning theorist and author Dr Susan Fainstein joins host Peter Mares to talk about how cities benefit and fail their residents, the pursuit of a "just city", and which cities can boast of being most fair and equitable.

#271      34 min 27 sec
Embracing zero: Satyajit Das on the end of continued economic growth

Satyajit Das

Global finance expert, author and commentator Satyajit Das warns us that the sustained economic growth we’ve come to believe is the norm is, in fact, unlikely to continue. Joined by host Peter Mares, Das ponders what a world of little or no growth would look like.