by Bristol University Press and Policy Press
29th December 2021

On the Transforming Society podcast this year we’ve spoken to authors and editors about how their work can help us understand and react to the key social challenges of the moment.

Here are our most listened to episodes from 2021:


Creating participatory ideology for social justice
There is an increasing gulf between narrowly based dominant political ideologies and popular demands for social justice. Peter Beresford spoke to us about his book, Participatory Ideology, why we need to change the way we look at ideology and how more of us can be included in its creation.


How radical empathy can bridge racial divides
At the crucial moment when Biden and Harris stepped into power, Terri Givens, author of Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides, explained how radical empathy, achieved through connection and vulnerability, is the path to a point of truth and reconciliation.


What next for the welfare state?
Chris Pierson, author of The Next Welfare State?, spoke to us about current welfare policy, the mistakes of the past, and ways in which the welfare state should be transformed in order to ensure collective wellbeing.


Understanding the politics of fear
Fear has played a significant role in our experience of the pandemic. How should we be engaging with this emotion and thinking about it in the context of policy and politics? Matt Flinders, co-editor of a themed issue of Global Discourse, answered this question.


Racism, resilience and identity in a divided nation
How do different people navigate the tensions of an increasingly divided British society? Paul Sng, Kristie De Garis and Amara Eno, spoke about This Separated Isle, why they got involved with the project, whether there are still spaces of hope and what they hope people will take away from the book.


How can you make your research matter?
As a researcher, how do you maximise the impact of your work? Tara Lamont, author of the Open Access Making Research Matter: Steps to Impact for Health and Care Researchers, spoke about why about why it’s so hard to make research matter in today’s world and how to try and overcome this difficulty.


How woke capitalism is sabotaging democracy
Carl Rhodes, author of Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy, spoke to us about the dangerous consequences of businesses being ‘woke’. He revealed that, through woke capitalism, the people who benefit most from inequality are setting the agenda, with serious implications for democracy.


A justice system in crisis
The moment people fail to access justice is so often the moment that their lives take a turn for the worse. Jon Robins and Daniel Newman, authors of Justice in a Time of Austerity: Stories From a System in Crisis, explained how cuts to legal aid over the decades have destroyed lives and entrenched poverty and social inequality in our society.


What have charities ever done for us?
Conversation around charities has become increasingly negative over recent decades. Stephen Cook and Tania Mason, authors of What Have Charities Ever Done for Us?, rebalanced the debate by showing the breadth and depth of the contribution charities make.


Using your alumni status as a gateway to opportunity
Maria Gallo, author of The Alumni Way: Building Lifelong Value from Your University Investment spoke about the potential our alumni identities and networks offer and why we should move away from the student as consumer, graduate as financial donor way of thinking.


Browse all episodes here.

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