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Gain an insight into the fascinating world of research with the How Researchers Changed the World podcast. Follow the story of one passionate researcher every episode, unpacking their motivations for the subject, the challenges of the research, and how their research went on to change the world we live in.

Gain an insight into the fascinating world of research with the How Researchers Changed the World podcast. Follow the story of one passionate researcher every episode, unpacking their motivations for the subject, the challenges of the research, and how their research went on to change the world we live in.
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United Kingdom

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Gain an insight into the fascinating world of research with the How Researchers Changed the World podcast. Follow the story of one passionate researcher every episode, unpacking their motivations for the subject, the challenges of the research, and how their research went on to change the world we live in.

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English


Episodes

Colonel DPK Pillay: From soldier to scholar: fostering peace through food security in India

10/22/2019
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Colonel Divakaran Padma Kumar (DPK) Pillay began his career as an Indian Army Officer. In 1994 he was grievously injured during a military incident in Manipur. Following this incident, he shifted his focus to become a researcher, aiming to better understand national security and sustainable development to improve the lives of Indian people just like those he had encountered in combat. Col. DPK Pillay is now a research fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies, a think tank for research in...

Duration:00:30:37

Ella Kahu: Opening up higher education: understanding and improving student engagement

10/8/2019
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Ella Kahu is a psychologist, and currently Senior Lecturer at the University of New Zealand. She is primarily interested in social psychology and education, and she's best known for her work on student experience and engagement in higher education settings. This podcast focuses on Ella Kahu's 2013 research paper: 'Framing student engagement in higher education.' The paper explores existing research on the role of student engagement on achievement in higher education, before proposing a...

Duration:00:36:33

Joseph Kahne: How social media encourages political participation in young people

9/24/2019
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Joseph Kahne is an education psychologist, and currently a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California Riverside. His research has focused on political engagement and participation amongst young people, and he’s now particularly interested in how social media is influencing youth political activity. This podcast focuses on Joseph Kahne's 2018 research paper, written alongside political scientist Benjamin Bowyer: 'The Political Significance of Social Media Activity...

Duration:00:35:31

Anja Kollmuss: Climate policy and individual action: two approaches, one climate emergency

9/10/2019
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Anja Kollmuss is a policy analyst and communications expert on climate mitigation policies, currently working for swisscleantech, a green industry association that lobbies for policies that enable a climate friendly economy. She has coordinated research projects at the intersection of energy, climate change, and sustainable development for over 20 years, and is an associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). This podcast focuses on Anja Kollmuss' 2002 literature review: 'Mind the...

Duration:00:30:49

Marco te Brömmelstroet: Transport choice and human connection: why cycling is good for society

8/27/2019
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"We tend to focus on cycling as being cheap, healthy or easy. While if you talk about … the potential exposure to diversity, you can talk about how cycling can lead to a more egalitarian society." Marco te Brömmelstroet is Associate Professor in Urban Planning at University of Amsterdam and founding academic director of the Urban Cycling Institute. His research focuses on transportation, urban cycling, and social mobility, with a particular focus on policy change and improving city...

Duration:00:35:48

Siobhan Brooks: Same sex relationships and the symbolic meaning of marriage in the black community

8/13/2019
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"The conscious choice of choosing a partner that’s black, and also marrying, symbolises political commitment to blackness, in black spaces." Siobhan Brooks is a sociologist and currently Tenure Professor in African American Studies at California State University Fullerton. Her research focuses on the intersection of racial identity, gender, and sexuality, and she is particularly well known for her work on African-American sex workers. This podcast focuses on Siobhan Brooks’ 2017 research...

Duration:00:33:18

Arnold Glass: Phones in the classroom and falling grades

7/16/2019
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"I had very good evidence that if a student divided attention in class, they were going to do less well on their exams." Arnold Glass is currently Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Rutgers University. His research has focused on the psychology and neuroscience of learning, and particularly on how a teacher's instructions affect learning and memory in students. Within this, he has also explored how students using phones and other technology in the classroom can negatively affect learning...

Duration:00:29:29

Girija Kaimal: How art therapy can reduce stress and support mental health

7/2/2019
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Girija Kaimal is an art therapist, and currently Assistant Professor at Drexel University. In this episode she discusses her ground-breaking research, which shows that as little as 45 minutes of artistic self-expression can significantly reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Specifically, the episode focuses on Girija Kaimal's 2016 research paper: 'Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making'. The paper investigates how collaging, drawing, or clay...

Duration:00:37:45

Steve Omohundro - The ethical implications of artificial intelligence

6/18/2019
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Steve Omohundro is an AI researcher, and currently Chief Scientist for AIBrain, a company creating new technologies for learning, conversation, robotics, simulation, and music. Previous to this, he was an award-winning computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbanaand cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research there. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley. This...

Duration:00:33:32

Seline Meijer: The human side of conservation: people's needs and planting trees in sub-Saharan Africa

6/4/2019
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Seline Meijer is a Programme Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), working on gender and the environment. Previous to this, Seline completed a Ph.D. in Forestry at University College Dublin, carried out in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), for which she spent 3 years living and conducting research in Malawi. The podcast episode focuses on a paper Seline published as part of her PhD project, entitled: ‘The role of knowledge, attitudes and...

Duration:00:33:34

Ron Wasserstein: Misunderstandings of 'statistical significance'

5/20/2019
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Ron Wasserstein has been the executive director of the American Statistical Association (ASA) since 2007, promoting the practice and profession of statistics. Previously, he was a faculty member of the department of mathematics and statistics at Washburn University in Kansas. The podcast episode focuses on Ron's research article: 'The ASA's Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose'. Ron was tasked with leading the creation of a framework outlining how p-values should be used in...

Duration:00:23:43

Dr Orii McDermott: The importance of music therapy for people with dementia

5/6/2019
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Every year nearly 10 million people develop dementia worldwide. That’s one diagnosis every three seconds. In 2012 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared dementia a global public health priority. Could music therapy play a role in enhancing the lives of people living with dementia? Dr Orii McDermott certainly thinks so. “Music is very much about connecting with people, connecting with the external world.” In this episode we unpack Dr Orri McDermott's 2013 paper: The importance of...

Duration:00:22:04

How Researchers Changed the World: Trailer 1

4/29/2019
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Short introduction trailer to How Researchers Changed the World. How Researchers is a podcast series, which will demonstrate the real-world relevance, value and impact of academic research; and highlight the people and stories behind the research.

Duration:00:00:21