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Episode 9: #ScholarSpotlight with Mathieu Blondeel

Mathieu Blondeel is a Research Fellow at the Warwick Business School – Warwick University (UK). As a political scientist, he specializes in global energy, environmental and climate policy and politics, with a specific focus on the (geo)politics of energy system transformation. He obtained his PhD in International Relations at the Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University (Belgium) where he focussed on the emergence and diffusion of international anti-fossil fuel norms.

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Mathieu discusses climate change as the defining issue of our time, research outside of academia, and how Gramsci inspires his work. Read his #ScholarSpotlight interview.

Episode 8: #ScholarSpotlight with Karolina Werner

Karolina Werner is the NEST Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Western University and Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Studies at Carleton University. She holds a PhD in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and specializes in governance, inclusion, and peace and conflict, especially in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. She is co-founder of the Institute for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and Theme Leader. She previously held appointments at the University of Ottawa, Centre for International Governance Innovation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).  

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Karolina discusses how indigeneity is significant to global policy, decolonising her discipline, and what she wishes she had known as a first-gen student. Read her #ScholarSpotlight interview.


Episode 7: #ScholarSpotlight with Emma Lecavalier

Emma Lecavalier is a Vanier CGS Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focuses on cities and global climate and environmental governance. She is a Fellow at the Global Policy Institute at Durham University and a Research Assistant with the Environmental Governance Lab at the University of Toronto. Previously, Emma spent two years as a researcher with the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town where she researched sustainable energy transitions in China and India. Emma holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Global Development from Western University (Canada).

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Emma discusses her research on urban climate governance, how saying yes has shaped her research, and the value of collaborating with practitioners. Read her #ScholarSpotlight interview


Episode 6: Non-state Actors and Climate Change with Dr. Sander Chan

With the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24) kicking off next week, this interview with Dr. Sander Chan from the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (German Development Institute) is a timely reflection on the role of sub-state and non-state action on climate change. Deputy Editor Emma Lecavalier discusses the conditions for successful non-sate climate action and whether or not these forms of action can be resilient in the face of state retrenchment.

If you like this interview and want to learn, check out Dr. Chan's co-authored piece on this subject in Global Policy here. To get in touch with us, please send a tweet our way here or subscribe to our podcast on SoundCloud or iTunes.  






Episode 5: Brexit and Public Health with Prof. David Hunter

As the future of Brexit and our government hangs in the balance, this week’s podcast is going to take a step back and look at the issue of public health. Deputy Editor Amna Kaleem discusses the challenges Brexit poses to public health issues with Prof. David Hunter at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University. Prof. Hunter’s research focuses on health policy and management. He is involved with Evaluating the Role of Health & Wellbeing Board and serves as a special advisor to the WHO Regional Office for Europe. In this podcast, Prof. Hunter discusses the intensification of health problems post-Brexit, the possibility of food production causing public health issues, and the inclusion of the health sector in future trade deals. To find out more about Prof. Hunter’s research, please visit this page. To get in touch with us, please send a tweet our way here or subscribe to our podcast on SoundCloud or iTunes.  






Episode 4: Devolution and City Networks with Cllr Judith Blake, Leeds City Council

Councillor Judith Blake is the first-ever female Leader of Leeds City council, and Chair of the Core Cities UK city network. Whilst attending the Global Policy North Conference on Brexit, at the University of Leeds, Councillor Blake spoke with Global Policy: Next Generation Deputy Editor Emma Lecavalier about her work on the One Yorkshire Policy, Leeds’ involvement in transnational city networking, and challenges and opportunities facing cities in the North. The interview highlights key areas where devolution could benefit cities in the UK and speculates about the impact that Brexit might have on urban development across the country. To find out more about Councillor Blake’s work you can follow her on Twitter. To get in touch with the editors here at GPNG, send a tweet our way here.






Episode 3: Brexit and Higher Education with Hilary Benn 

Hilary Benn is the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Leeds Central, UK. He talks to Global Policy: Next GenerationEditor Greg Stiles about the impact of Brexit on Postgraduate Research Students, future Higher Education research funding and post-Brexit job security for researchers. Whilst attending the Global Policy North Conference on Brexit, at the University of Leeds, Hilary Benn discussed the importance of seeing significant movement towards the ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution strategy and the beneficial impact this would have on local investment and decision making in both transport and industry policy as well as Higher Education research investment. To find out more about Hilary’s work you can follow him on Twitter and to get in touch with us, send a tweet our way here.






Episode 2: Conference Dispatch - Global Policy North Conference: The Challenge of Brexit for the North

Global Policy: Next Generation attended our sister organisation Global Policy North’s Conference on The Challenge of Brexit for the North at the University of Leeds recently. The conference explored the impact of our forthcoming exit from the EU on education, health, investment, and energy and infrastructure, with two keynote addresses from Hilary Benn MP and Lord Jim O’Neill. In this podcast, Next Generation’s Deputy Editor Amna Kaleem discusses the day’s proceedings with Global Policy’s Online Editor Tom Kirk.






Episode 1: Housing Crisis

Doctoral researcher Rafaella Lima talks to Deputy Editor Amna Kaleem about housing crisis. Rafaella is pursuing a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield and is an organiser for ACORN, a community-based union campaigning for housing rights. Her research focuses on the financialisation of the housing sector and its impact on exacerbating the housing crisis. In this podcast, Rafaella discusses social versus affordable housing, the link between affordability and demand-and-supply, her ongoing research on housing problems in Portugal, and recommends solutions for tackling the challenges. To find out more about Rafaella’s work, you can follow her on Twitter.