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CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast

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This podcast, starring host Dr Rob Doubleday, features weekly evidence-based discussions about the pressing challenges facing policymakers, brought to you by the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Our second series - Science, Policy & a Green Recovery focuses on big geopolitical, infrastructure, and economic challenges our society faces as we seek to build back better, promote wellbeing, and protect our environment.

Our first series - Science, Policy & Pandemics focused on sharing the evidence and expertise policymakers need to know as they respond to covid-19.
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We are off air for the month of January, while we prepare for our upcoming new series on genetic technologies. While we are off air, we are delighted to be able to share with you this bonus episode, recorded at as part of the online launch of our annual report in November 2020. This episode features host Dr Rob Doubleday, who sat down with the Bennett Institute of Public Policy's Professor Diane Coyle to discuss productivity in the UK.  CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast will be returning with a new series on 5 February 2021.
Could climate change or deforestation cause the next pandemic? In the final episode of our series on Science, Policy and a Green Recovery, host Dr Rob Doubleday and guest host Kate McNeil explore the links between planetary health and human health. Throughout the episode, they hear about how human activity is placing pressure on the natural world and how that can influence the risks posed by zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. They also address how unsustainable human activities and climate change are contributing threats to human health from non-communicable diseases and as a consequence of natural disasters. Throughout the episode, our hosts are joined by LSHTM's Professor Chris Drakeley, the Lancet Planetary Health's Editor-in-Chief Alistair Brown, the University of Liverpool's Professor Matthew Baylis, and the Yale School of Public Health's Professor Robert Dubrow.  -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie, JamboME, Zywx, and smacks999.
What role can our built environment play in helping us get a green recovery? How can we sustainably manage our national housing stock and the retrofitting of buildings? What role can digital technology and digital twinning play in helping us sustainably manage our infrastructure and cities?  In the eighth episode of our series on science, policy and a green recovery, we're joined by sustainable construction expert Dr Alice Moncaster of the Open University and Director of the University of Cambridge's Centre for Smart Infrastructure Dr Jennifer Schooling.  This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
In the seventh episode of our series on science, policy and a green recovery, our host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge's cosmologist Professor Lord Martin Rees and chemist Professor Clare Grey. Throughout the episode, we hear from Lord Rees about how the UK can take on a leadership role in fostering innovation while building collaborations with other countries. We also hear from Professor Grey about her work on energy storage, the future of batteries, and her work with the Faraday Institute. This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
In the sixth episode of our series on science, policy and a green recovery, our host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge's Professor Sir Richard Friend, Director Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and two early career researchers based at Cambridge University, Winton scholar Jesse Allardice and the Department of Engineering's Karla Cervantes Barron. Throughout the episode, we explore the science behind energy transitions, learn about the science behind solar panels, and explore the potential future role for the UK as we transition to a focus on renewable energy sources. This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
In the third episode of our series on science, policy and a green recovery, our host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by the University of Cambridge's Professor Michael Pollitt to hear insights into the economics of energy transitions.  This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
Are we 'on track' to invest in a green recovery? In the second episode of our new series on Science, Policy & a Green Recovery, Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge economists Dr Kamiar Mohaddes and Dr Nina Seega. Throughout the episode, they explore the macroeconomic shock from the covid-19 pandemic, the current trajectory of recovery investments, and how policymakers can respond to the need to invest to meet climate change commitments. This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
In the first episode of our new series on Science, Policy & a Green Recovery, we are joined by Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Professor Rebecca Willis, and Dimitri Zenghelis.  In this week's episode, we explore how the covid-19 pandemic is reshaping the conversation around climate policy, ideas on government leadership in responding to the challenges ahead, the role of local government in responding to the climate crisis, why climate change is often framed as a left-leaning issue, and the role that universities can play in taking leadership on climate action. This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
We're delighted to be able to share with you the details of our upcoming second season, which explores the science and policy elements of getting a green recovery. This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring topics ranging from civic action and climate protests, to the big geopolitical, infrastructure, and economic challenges our society faces as we seek to build back better, promote wellbeing, and protect our environment. The first episode will be released on Friday, 9 October.  -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This trailer features sound effects from Vonora and smacks999. 
On Monday, 9 November, the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum - an initiative of Cambridge Zero and the Centre for Science and Policy - will release its report on a Blueprint for a Green Future. In advance of the report's launch, CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast host Dr Rob Doubleday spoke with some of the report's authors about the report, their research, and their thoughts on a pathway to a green recovery. This live virtual event was recorded as part of the Cambridge Climate Change Festival.  Throughout this recording you'll hear from: • Dr Robert Doubleday, Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy (Chair) • Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero • Dr Anna Barford, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow in Pathways to a Circular Economy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership • Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge • Cordula Epple, Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change and Biodiversity, UN WCMC • Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics • Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School • Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction • Dimitri Zenghelis, Special Advisor: The Wealth Economy, Bennett Institute for Public Policy For more information about the report, please visit https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/ -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. Our series on Science, Policy & a Green Recovery is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
In the fourth episode of our series on science, policy and a green recovery, our host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge political scientist Dr Cristina Peñasco and Columbia University's Adjunct Professor International and Public Affairs Christian Deseglise, who is also HSBC's Head of Sustainable Finance. They discuss topics including financing sustainable infrastructure, how covid-19 has changed the sustainable finance sector, the role of international institutions and global cooperation in getting to net zero, investment in green R&D, and the role of local government procurement in a green transition.  This series is produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk. Music and sound effects used in this season of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast are courtesy of FreeSound.org. This episode features sound effects from PannChie and smacks999.
What does it take to accelerate innovation? What can government learn from industry about the innovation process? In this podcast episode featuring content from our 2020 virtual annual conference, we explore the importance of innovation culture, and how clear goals and the tools you use affect the speed at which you can respond to an innovation challenge. Tune in to hear how the Whittle Laboratory whittled down a 6 month innovation process to one which takes 36 hours, and to explore innovation case studies, with a focus on the experience of learning from innovation acceleration during the covid-19 response. This bonus episode was hosted by Raspberry Pi Chairman Dr David Cleevely. Our guests this week were: Professor Robert Miller - Chair in Aerothermal Technology and Whittle Lab Director at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge Dr Hayaatun Sillem - Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering George Freeman - MP for Mid Norfolk at The Conservative Party -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
Throughout the month of September, CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is sharing bonus episodes which draw on material recorded as part of the Centre for Science and Policy's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. In this episode, Cambridge Zero Director Dr Emily Shuckburgh is joined by Dimitri Zenghelis and Professor Laura Diaz Anadon for a discussion focused on a green recovery and getting to net zero. This episode has been produced in partnership with Cambridge Zero. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
Throughout the month of September, CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is sharing bonus episodes which draw on material recorded as part of the Centre for Science and Policy's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. In this episode, CSaP Associate Director Nicola Buckley is joined by Dr Jane Kennedy, Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, and Professor Dominic Abrams to learn about the British Academy programme on Cohesive Societies and to discuss social cohesion in the context of covid-19.   This episode is an edited and condensed version of a live event recorded on 17 June 2020.  --  CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
How have development organisations been affected by the covid-19 pandemic? What steps are these organisations taking to respond and adapt their work? In this bonus mini episode, the producer of our series on Science, Policy & Pandemics sat down with Wateraid India's Executive Director VK Madhavan to discuss how his organisation is responding to the covid-19 crisis. VK Madhavan previously appeared as a guest in episode 16 of our series on Science, Policy & Pandemics, where he discussed the impact of covid-19 in cities in India.  Our guest this week: VK Madhavan is the Chief Executive of Wateraid India. He holds a Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has previously worked with organisations including ActionAid, The Hunger Project and the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group. He is a TED Global Fellow and has served as an Independent Consultant to the High Level Committee on Status of Women in India. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
In the 17th and final episode of our series on science, policy, and pandemics, our host Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests explore lessons learnt during the covid-19 pandemic and how researchers might use those lessons to prepare for future pandemics. CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast is a production of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. This series on science, policy and pandemics is produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network. Our guests this week: Professor James Wood is Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine and Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science. He is a veterinary epidemiologist who specializes in emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, with a focus on bat transmitted viruses in sub-Saharan Africa and bovine tuberculosis. Professor Andres Floto is Professor of Respiratory Biology at the University of Cambridge, a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, and Research Director of the Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge. Professor Sylvia Richardson is the Director of the MRC Biostatistics Unit and holds a Research Professorship in the University of Cambridge since 2012. She was previously Directeur de Recherches at the French National Institute for Medical Research INSERM, where she held research positions for 20 years. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
In the 16th episode of our series on science, policy, and pandemics, our host Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests are exploring how public health understandings of cities, and broader understandings of how people live in cities, are being highlighted and challenged by our current experience of the covid-19 pandemic. CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast is a production of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. This series on science, policy and pandemics is produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseasesand the Cambridge Immunology Network. This episode has also been produced in partnership with TIGR2ESS. Our guests this week: VK Madhavan is the Chief Executive of Wateraid India. He holds a Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has previously worked with organisations including ActionAid, The Hunger Project and the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group. He is a TED Global Fellow and has served as an Independent Consultant to the High Level Committee on Status of Women in India. Dr Tolullah Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow with the Cambridge MRC Unit’s Global Public Health Research programme. She has previously established a Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE) in South Africa, and she continues to conduct transdisciplinary urban health research focused on generating evidence to support development and implementation of healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities. Professor Ash Amin is based in the 1931 Professor of Geography at Cambridge University. He is known for his work in urban, cultural, and economic geography. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Italian Academia Nazionale Dei Lincei. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
In the 15th episode of our series on science, policy, and pandemics, we are exploring the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic in India. Throughout this episode, our host Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests will take a deep-dive into the economic, food security, and health systems impacts of covid-19 in India CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast is a production of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. This series on science, policy and pandemics is produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseasesand the Cambridge Immunology Network. This episode has also been produced in partnership with TIGR2ESS.  Our guests this week: Professor Bhaskar Vira is an expert on the political economy of environment and development. He is presently a Professor of Political Economy and Head of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Geography.  Dr Finn McQuaid is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He specialises in modelling infectious diseases and is presently working on drug-resistant tuberculosis and treatment adherence. Professor Jishnu Das is an economist specialising in health and education in low- and middle-income contexts. He is a is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also presently a Visiting Senior Fellow at India’s Centre for Policy Research.  Dr Meenakshi Gautham is a Research Fellow Health Systems and Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her work focuses on pluralistic health systems and health policies for developing antimicrobial stewardship in agricultural community settings. Professor Nitya Rao is a Professor at the University of East Anglia, where her work focuses on gender equality, resource rights, social equity, and rural development. She is a member of the Global Advisory Committee of the UN Girls’ Education Initiative and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition. Professor Sonalde Desai is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social inequalities in developing countries. She is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and Director of the National Data Innovation Centre at New Dehli’s National Council of Applied Economic Research. Dr Sukriti Chauhan is a global health advocate and policy professional. She holds a PhD in Law and Health from Jawaharlal University. She has experience in public health and human rights with a focus on gender issues, and has worked with organisations including PATH India, the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, and  Global Health Strategies. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
In the 14th episode of our series on science, policy and pandemics, we're talking about vaccines and immunology.  Throughout this episode, our host Rob Doubleday is joined by Dr Caroline Trotter, Dr Estee Torok, and Dr Flavio Toxvaerd. They explore our current understanding of the immunology and of vaccines under development; challenges involved in vaccine distribution, and insights we’ve gained about innovation and knowledge exchange throughout the vaccine development process.  CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast is a production of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. This series on science, policy and pandemics is produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network. Our guests this week: Dr Caroline Trotter is an epidemiologist and a Principal Research Associate, Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is also the Academic Director Cambridge Africa in the Department of Pathology, and is an Honorary Epidemiologist at Public Health England. Dr Estee Torok is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and a researcher at Cambridge's Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on translating microbial genomics into clinical practice. She is presently working with the NHS Trusts in Cambridgeshire as part of the COV002 vaccine trial which has been developed by the University of Oxford. Dr Flavio Toxvaerd is a university lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he specialises in microeconomic theory. He has recently been working on the covid-19 response, including through work on the global impact of coronavirus, and on the economics of how search and matching models can be useful for understanding economic and virological aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
In the thirteenth episode of our series on Science, Policy & Pandemics, our host Dr Rob Doubleday and guest host Salma Shah speak with Dr Shaun Fitzgerald and Mats Persson about the science, policy and decision-making surrounding easing lockdown restrictions. Throughout this episode, we hear perspectives from an engineer, a policy advisor, and an economist on how their areas of work can help inform decision-making at this critical point in the covid-19 response. We will also explore how government can improve its use of science in this context.  CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast is a production of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. This series on science, policy and pandemics is produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network. Our guests this week: Salma Shah was Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, from 2018-19. She was responsible for strategy and communication across the Department. She has served in Government since May 2014, in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). Prior to this, Salma was a journalist at the BBC, producing the Today programme on Radio 4. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University, Dr Fitzgerald is also the CEO of Breathing Buildings Ltd, a leading technology company pioneering hybrid ventilation systems.  Mats Persson specializes in strategy, transactions, economics and trade. He has previously worked as a Special Advisor to former Prime Minister David Cameron, as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as Research Director at Open Europe, and as Head of International Trade (Brexit) for Ernst & Young. -- CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast is hosted by CSaP Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and is edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. If you have feedback about this episode, or questions you would like us to address in a future week, please email enquiries@csap.cam.ac.uk.
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