public policy

Episode 164      26 min 38 sec
Secularism, applied religiously: Harmonizing a hyper-diverse India

Dr Swapan Dasgupta

Senior journalist and political commentator Dr Swapan Dasgupta explains how secularism is defined and applied in ethnically, linguistically and religiously diverse India. And how a sense of harmony -- and occasional lack thereof -- is wrapped up in India's unique take on being secular. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 161      18 min 49 sec
Stretch and squeeze: Sustainability vs. sprawl in crowded Asian cities

Dr Sidh Sintusingha

Dr Sidh Sintusingha discusses the phenomenon of urban sprawl and approaches to enabling sustainability in increasingly crowded Southeast Asian urban corridors. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 160      33 min 30 sec
Delusions of development: Pro-market forces at work in the do-good industry

Dr Toby Carroll

Dr Toby Carroll discusses the evolution of development programs by institutions such as the World Bank and its subsidiary the International Finance Corporation, and scrutinizes the outcomes of recent strategies involving public-private partnerships and explicitly pro-market approaches. With host Elizabeth Lopez.

Episode 142      44 min 50 sec
The global mean and the human scale: Climate change adaptation agenda under scrutiny

Prof Naomi Oreskes

Science historian Professor Naomi Oreskes explains why limits in the predictive capacity of climate models present a challenge to those favoring adaptation above emissions mitigation as a strategy in dealing with climate change. With host Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 129      26 min 47 sec
Female-friendly cities: Planning for inclusivity in our urban spaces

Associate Professor Carolyn Whitzman
Dr Kalpana Viswanath

Associate Professor of urban design Carolyn Whitzman and sociologist Dr Kalpana Viswanath discuss how urban environments can be designed and modified to make them safer for women. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 110      26 min 35 sec
Empowering Communities to Preserve Character of Place

Assoc Prof Raymond Green

Landscape Architect Assoc Prof Ray Green discusses his ground-breaking approach in which a community is able to define the character of its neighbourhood. This methodology seeks to restore the balance of power between communities and external bodies such as planners and developers. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 101      26 min 01 sec
Making a Difference: Kiran Martin and Asha in the slums of Delhi

Padma Shri Dr Kiran Martin
Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann

Paediatrician Dr Kiran Martin recounts the story behind the founding of ASHA, which now helps over 350,000 Delhi slum dwellers to improve their lives. Global health specialist Dr Peter Deutchmann weighs in on how research institutions in rich countries can work to empower and embolden work done by organisations in developing nations. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 94      19 min 
Managing China's Water Challenges

John Langford AM

Water engineer Prof John Langford discusses the immense challenges facing a China with swiftly mounting water demand and dwindling resources. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 85      34 min 40 sec
Mythbusting International Refugee Law

Prof James C. Hathaway

Law Professor Jim Hathaway untangles the complexity and dispels misconceptions surrounding refugees and their status under international law. With host Eric van Bemmel. 

Episode 74      20 min 39 sec
Broadcasting hope among refugees in East Africa

Elias Mokua Nyatete

Elias Nyatete describes how Tanzanian media outlet Radio Kwizera has been an important source of information and hope for refugees in recent and current East African conflicts. With host Jacky Angus.