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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.

by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein  |  23rd August 2021

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein presents her 'Women on the Verge' network of female scholar–activists around the world, which showcases advances in the feminist resistance to violence against women.…Read more

DNA and CRISPR
by Eben Kirksey  |  16th August 2021

In this episode, Rebecca Megson-Smith talks to Eben Kirksey, author of 'The Mutant Project', about the work of Dr. Jiankui He, who created the first genetically modified babies, and the moral dilemmas this work has since raised.…Read more

Barbed wire and flying birds

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Jess Miles speaks with Kirstine Szifris, author of ‘Philosophy Behind Bars’, about how philosophical thinking can be a way to encourage and enable growth and development in prison.…Read more

Ipad on a table.
by Tim Bodley-Scott and Ersel Oymak  |  20th July 2021

Tim Bodley-Scott and Ersel Oymak discuss how important strategic alliances are between universities, industry, government and civil society in addressing the world’s challenges and in the drive towards the UN SDGs. …Read more

Covid particles.
by Daniel Briggs Luke Telford Anthony Ellis and Anthony Lloyd  |  16th July 2021

Daniel Briggs, Luke Telford, Anthony Ellis and Anthony Lloyd explain why Social Science has such a crucial role in responding to the pandemic, thinking critically about the changing relationship between states and citizens, tracking the impact of inequalities, and making sense of the new world. …Read more

Neon speech bubble with a heart in it
by Toni Prug Paško Bilić and Mislav Žitko  |  15th July 2021

Toni Prug, Paško Bilić and Mislav Žitko explain why it doesn’t make sense to challenge tech companies’ monopoly in the name of perfect competition.…Read more

City from above, part of the cover image for the book.
by Mark Pendras and Charles Williams  |  13th July 2021

Mark Pendras and Charles Williams consider what the COVID-19 effect will be on urban configurations, as health anxieties and working from home norms cause demographic shifts to secondary cities, compounding gentrification and displacement.…Read more

Woman's hands holding a phone.

Yee Man Louie, RMIT University in Melbourne, explores the unique challenges culturally and linguistically diverse communities face when experiencing domestic violence and reflects on her own lived experiences.…Read more

Man walking through a desert
by Matthew Niblett and Kris Beuret  |  30th June 2021

Based on 'Why Travel: Understanding our Need to Move and How it Shapes our Lives', by Matthew Niblett and Kris Beuret, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around the need to update travel demand analysis and appraisal.…Read more

Phone and tablets forming mountains with people climbing over them.
by Gwennaelle Horlait  |  28th June 2021

Gwennaelle Horlait outlines the work of ATD Fourth World which offers peer support, knowledge and experiences to overcome poverty in 34 countries around the world.…Read more