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Diversity in Research Podcast

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An exploration of diversity in research management and international research collaborations. We cover how we make research environments more inclusive and why doing this helps us to solve global challenges through research. Based in Europe but talking to the world of academic research.
10 Episodes
Mental health understandings have been surrounded by stigma and a lack of literacy for many years but this is slowly changing. In our conversation with Associate Professor Nicola Reavley,  Principal Research Fellow, Mental Health Literacy Programme at  Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health we explore how this stigma is changing, what this means for education and support services and what role cultural differences play in mental health. These differences can be important for international research collaborations. You can follow Nicola on Twitter: @AProfNickiR More details about her research can be found here: Please review and comment on our podcast, wherever you listen - we appreciate all the feedback and ideas. Make sure you follow us on Twitter too: @divrespod
Laura Evans from Nifty Fox (@NiftyFoxCreativ) joins us to launch season two of the podcast. Laura started her career in Higher Education by supporting widening participation and student engagement. Through this experience, she could see that it wasn't always easy for her to come out and she felt that many services were missing their mark including missing the LGBTQ+ community. Her experience eventually saw her start her own consultancy company where she supports universities and researchers to tell their stories and translate their research into impactful graphics. We discuss with Laura what it was like to work in HE while not being out and how this impacted on her work and self-confidence. Since starting her own business Laura has experienced the challenge of working in international settings which have not been open to the LGBTQ+ community and have had a range of fascinating and important conversations with researchers about who is missing in their research. As a keen LGBTQ+ and diversity advocate, Laura's story is fascinating and an important listen. We hope you enjoy it.Do make sure you follow us on Twitter (@divrespod) and please rate and review the podcast wherever you listen to it. If you have an idea for a topic or guest for the podcast or would like to be on it yourself then do get in touch!
We had the pleasure of chatting with Saskia Walcott of Walcott Communications in this episode. Saskia has had an unusual journey into the research and higher education sector. Following a career in communications and public relations, she joined the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has also worked for universities before starting her own consultancy company. She recently published an article talking about her experiences as a black woman in research management in the UK. We talk to Saskia about her career and her experiences including the reaction to her article, the burden placed on minority groups to lead from the front in tackling discrimination and how generational changes may impact on how we create a more equal and diverse research management environment in the future. Do subscribe, rate and review our podcast. This is the final episode in the first series. Keep an eye out on our twitter (@Divrespod) to follow the latest developments and conversations. We will be back in the Autumn. 
Vicky Williams, the CEO of Emerald Publishing, joined us this week to reflect on their recent report, The Power of Diverse Voices, which explored diversity and inclusion in global academia and publishing. Vicky explains how Emerald has worked to increase equality and diversity within the company and how they are now championing change across the sector. Publishing is an integral part of the academy and has a key role to play in making change globally, including enhancing the impact of research. Their recent report had some surprising findings which we talk to Vicky about.To access the report please go to's twitter account is: @Emerald_VWVicky's book recommendations are: out our own twitter page @Divrespod and do let us have any ideas for future episodes or if you have any questions, comments or thoughts on anything you have heard in this episode then do let us know.
In this episode, we talk to Dr Eric Cervini about his book, The Deviant's War, his life in academia in the US and UK as well as why he is no longer in the academy. We discuss the lessons learnt from the book which charts the fight for gay rights in the US before Stonewall as well as exploring what this might mean for creating a more inclusive academy. The importance of understanding history and what this means for activism today and how it highlights who might be missing out or not included in our work is an important takeaway point from Eric's research.  The Deviant's War, published in Summer 2020, was featured in the New York Times bestsellers list and has received significant coverage in the media.For more information about the book please visit: Eric's twitter account is @ericcerviniTo follow us on twitter please checkout: @divrespod Please like and subscribe and send us feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes. 
In this episode, we discuss a recently published research report from Denmark which was looking at the impact of Covid-19 on minority communities. The results are surprising and demonstrate how discrimination and harassment can manifest in different ways and the ways in which this has been exacerbated during the pandemic. We discuss these findings and look at the ways in which this may have already impacted on the higher education sector, staff and students alike. We talk through what this means for diversity in research and why this is more important than ever.  If you are interested in reading the report we discussed you can find it here: (Please note that the report is in Danish but there is an English summary towards the end)Please do subscribe and follow our twitter feed @Divrespod We welcome feedback and ideas for future episodes. 
In today's episode, we speak with Professor John MacGrath who is a psychiatrist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Queensland. Since 2017 he has also held the  Niels Bohr Professor at the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus University in Denmark. Professor McGrath specialises in researching risk factors for schizophrenia and undertakes research from his bases in Australia and Denmark. His experience includes working across international cultures and research settings, working closely with patients within clinical mental health settings and providing mentorship to young researchers. In this episode, he talks about his experiences, the challenges for the academy in regards to EDI and what can be done to make research and research environments more inclusive. Professor McGrath can be found on twitter: @John_J_McGrathLet us know what you think of this episode and tell us what you'd like to hear us cover in the future. Get in touch with us @Divrespod 
In a special Pride Month episode, we talk to Dr Frances Hamilton (Senior Lecturer in Law) and Cameron Giles (Postgraduate Researcher) from the Law School at Northumbria University about their recent research into UK Higher Education travel policies and how they apply to LGBTQ+ staff and students. We explore how the research came about, what they found and some of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community including legal, social and health impacts. The range of policies and what they include is covered and we discuss what next as the internationalisation agenda of UK universities increases. The lessons learned can apply to universities across the world. If you want to know more about the research then please contact Dr Hamilton via email at: you want to get in touch with us about this episode or to talk about other episodes then please contact us via twitter: @Divrespod - it would be great to hear from you all. 
In this episode, we talk to Professor Felix Riede, Head of Department and Professor of Archeology at Aarhus University in Denmark. Felix grew up in Germany, completed his PhD in the UK and has worked in the UK and now Denmark for over ten years. He leads international research projects including an ERC Consolidator Grant, Computational approaches to Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic archaeology and climate change. We talk to Felix about studying, living and working in different cultures within Europe as well as the challenges and responsibility of leading international research projects from the perspective of diversity and inclusion. You can follow Felix on twitter at: @ARCHAEOfelix and check out his research at Do let us know what you think - we welcome feedback and ideas for future episodes - contact us at twitter: @Divrespod
In today's launch episode, we talk through what the podcast is all about, how we met and a little about the conversations we have had, all leading to this podcast. We preview what we will be talking about in the coming weeks with a focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and using cultural intelligence to create more inclusive and effective research cultures, environments and international research collaborations. Contact us using twitter - @Divrespod Jakob Christensen - Lachlan Smith - 
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