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Global social challenges

There are multiple interlocking crises currently gripping the planet. Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being, thinking, and doing emerge.

This stream of Transforming Society is a space for exploring the complexities of the global social challenges across disciplines and fields. It seeks to build and share the knowledge needed to shape a fairer world, across and for the global south and north, hoping to foster dialogue between academics, practitioners, policy makers and the wider public.

A group of police wearing riot gear
by Lambros Fatsis and Melayna Lamb  |  20th January 2022

In this podcast episode, Lambros Fatsis and Melayna Lamb talk about how the pandemic has revealed the damaging relationship between public health and public order and explain why we need to explore our assumptions about policing and what it's for…Read more

Climate change protest, the main sign in view says "there is no planet b"

Author of 'Urgent Business: Five Myths Business Needs to Overcome to Save Itself and the Planet', Ian Thomson, talks about the 3 things your business can do to help achieve net zero. …Read more

Picture has numbers, graphs, a test tube and Covid all faded into a blue background.

Paola Mattei, Associate Editor for the Global Social Challenges Journal, discusses the opportunities offered by public engagement policies, adopted by governments and European institutions, to improve public trust in science.…Read more

Disposable face mask on the ground.
by Katherine Smith  |  20th December 2021

The launch of ’The Unequal Pandemic: Health Inequalities and COVID-19’ as Open Access follows six months of media, academic and policy maker interest in how COVID-19 is experienced unequally in society.…Read more

Road winding through some trees

In this episode, Alison Shaw, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press, talks about 25 years of publishing with a purpose to mark the end of the Press' anniversary celebration year.…Read more

Shadow of a chain on the floor
by Gary Craig  |  2nd December 2021

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Gary Craig outlines the extent of modern slavery, even in the ‘developed’ UK, and the steps we can take to eradicate it. …Read more

Street art of Darth Vader with a halo
by Carl Rhodes  |  23rd November 2021

In this episode, we speak with Carl Rhodes, author of 'Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy', about the dangerous consequences of businesses being ‘woke’.…Read more

Anna Rosińska, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, describes a virtual meeting of domestic workers in Chicago and Warsaw that led to the establishment of a new trade union. …Read more

Shadow of child behind bars
by Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin  |  2nd November 2021

Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin note breaches of rights that still take place when children are detained, despite the special provisions in the UN CRC for children in conflict with the law, and the significant progress underway in Ireland. …Read more

World map built from blue dots.
by Mark Davis and Bruce Davis  |  1st November 2021

Mark Davis and Bruce Davis discuss COP26, the IPCC report and their new book 'Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance', which is publishing today. …Read more