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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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In the final episode of our series on science and policy for Antarctica, space, and the deep ocean, Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests explore the role these places play in geopolitics. Throughout this episode, we hear from Alice Millington, a policy intern here at CSaP; Royal Holloway Professor of Geopolitics Klaus Dodds; King's College London space policy expert Dr Mark Hilborne; and University of Toronto environmental sociologist Professor John Hannigan.  -- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley. 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 fifth episode of our series on Science and Policy for Antarctica, Space, and the Deep Ocean, we're discussing human experiences of space and Antarctica. Throughout today's episode, host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by CSaP Policy Intern Alice Millington; astronomer and Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University Dr Daniel Brown; Dr Rebecca Priestley, who is an interdisciplinary scholar at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and author of Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica; and the University of Tasmania's Dr Hanne Nielsen and Professor Elizabeth Leane. -- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley. 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 6-part mini series exploring science and policy questions in deep oceans, space, and the Antarctic, we're discussing climate change in the Antarctic and in our oceans, and exploring how scientists - including those working with space technologies - are studying our changing climate. This week, host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by atmospheric physicist and former co-director of the Grantham Institute Professor Joanna Haigh; oceanographer and Associate Head of the National Oceanography Centre's Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group Professor Penny Holliday, Professor John King, who is an atmospheric scientist with the the British Antarctic Survey's Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Research Group and an Honorary Professor, at the University of East Anglia's School of Environmental Sciences; and CSaP Policy Intern Anthony Lindley -- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley. 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 second episode of our 6-part mini series exploring science and policy questions in deep oceans, space, and the Antarctic, we're exploring the risks and policy questions posed by ways in which human interactions with and exploit these environments.  Throughout this episode, Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests explore the risks and policy questions involved in deep sea mining; how scientists are managing the delicate balance between protecting fragile Antarctic environments and the environmental impact of conducting research within them; and the growing problem of space debris.  This week, we are joined by political geographer Dr John Childs from the University of Lancaster, the British Antarctic Survey's Environmental Research and Monitoring Manager Dr Kevin Hughes, technology governance expert Dr Nikita Chiu, and CSaP Policy Intern Anthony Lindley -- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley. 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 CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast's latest mini-series, we are exploring some of the opportunities and challenges facing scientists and policymakers working on issues related to Antarctica, the ocean depths, and near space. Recent advances in technologies have allowed humanity to explore and interact with these areas like never before, and in the first episode of this series host Dr Rob Doubleday sat down with experts to learn about some of the recent technological advances in these fields. We were joined throughout the episode by Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Dr Julie Robidart, who is the Group Head for Ocean Technology and Engineering at the National Oceanography Centre, and Michael Rose, Head of Science Engineering at the British Antarctic Survey. This episode was introduced by Anthony Lindley, a CSaP Policy Intern and autonomous systems science researcher at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.   --- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley. 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 CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast's latest mini-series, we are exploring some of the opportunities and challenges facing scientists and policymakers working on issues related to Antarctica, the ocean depths, and near space. Recent advances in technologies have allowed humanity to explore and interact with these areas like never before. Over the course of six episodes, we will explore topics ranging from resource exploitation and technology for extreme environments, to geopolitics and conservation.  These episodes will be released in March and April of 2021.  --- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley.
In the final episode of our four-part mini series exploring Science, Policy and Genetic Technologies, host Dr Rob Doubleday sat down with Dr Jonathan Roberts - who is currently a researcher in the Society and Ethics Research Group at the Wellcome Campus and a NHS Genetic Counsellor at Addenbrooke’s Hospital; the PHG Foundation's Alison Hall; and University of Cambridge sociologist Professor Sarah Franklin to explore some of the regulatory, ethical and societal implications of genetic technologies for the field of medicine.  --- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Intern Alice Millington. 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 4-part mini series on genetic technologies, Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge geographer and Emeritus Moran Professor of Conservation Professor Bill Adams, and Dr Catherine Rhodes, the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and a Senior Research Associate, Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. They discuss gene drives, the implications of genetic technologies for conservation, biological conventions, and biological risks.  --- 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. Research for this series is also supported by CSaP Policy Intern Alice Millington. 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.
Throughout the month of February 2021, CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast host Dr Rob Doubleday will be interviewing guests from areas including crop sciences, policy, agriculture, bioethics, geography, and the history of science as part of a 4-part mini series on genetic technologies. 
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.
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