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Global challenges podcastNEW: Global Challenges Podcast Mini-Series (December, 2018)

Available now from the School for Cross-faculty Studies, the Global Challenges Mini-Series brings together staff and students from the School's GSD and Liberal Arts courses to discuss a number of testing challenges facing our world today. Find out more.

Professor Dave Griggs

10:06, Thu 18 Aug 2016

Professor Dave Griggs is one of the most well-known academics in the area of climate change in the world. Since his beginnings as a PhD student studying cloud physics, Dave has gone on to lead some of the world's most respected climate change organisations. He became the Deputy Chief Scientist at the UK's Met Office – Britain's Bureau of Meteorology - and director of the world's leading climate modelling centre, the Hadley Centre for Climate Change. Dave provided scientific advice during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and was Head of the IPCC science working group secretariat that gathered and assessed the research of the world's top climate scientists. The IPCC would later share the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. But after years of working at the forefront of climate science, Dave became frustrated with the lack of urgency he saw around him. So he moved to Australia and took on the challenge of leading the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI). As MSI’s first full time Director Professor Griggs has led MSI through a period of incredible growth, taking it from humble beginnings in 2007 to a $8.7 million p.a. organisation in 2014, boasting over 50 staff and 120 government, business, civic and academic partners. During Dave’s tenure, MSI launched flagship programs such as BehaviourWorks Australia, the Sustainable Development Program, the Monash Water for Liveability Centre and the award-winning ClimateWorks Australia (of which Dave has been CEO). After seven years in the role, he is stepping down as Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute. Professor Griggs, who joined MSI in 2007, will stay with MSI in a more research focussed role.

(MP3 format, 18 MB)


Professor David Mond

17:47, Wed 3 Aug 2016

David Mond is Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick. He also teaches a successful interdisciplinary module at Warwick for the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, “Climate Change”, which brings together experts from elsewhere in the University to provide a grounding in the major issues surrounding the subject.

(MP3 format, 13 MB)


Dr Graeme MacDonald

16:05, Tue 28 Jun 2016

Our interviewee in this episode is Dr Graeme MacDonald, an English and Comparative Literary Studies professor at the University of Warwick. Graeme's main research interests include: World Literature in "Global" Modernity; Resource Culture, Energy Humanities and Petrofiction; Modern and Contemporary Scottish and British Devolutionary Culture; World Naturalist fiction and theory; Literary and Cultural Theory; Science Fiction and Ecocriticism. He is editor of Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature (EUP 2011) and Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999).

(MP3 format, 9.5 MB)


Dr Rashmi Varma

12:30, Fri 24 Jun 2016

In this episode, we chat to Dr Rashmi Varma, an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick. Dr Varma grew up in India. After finishing her Master’s degree in English Literature, she taught briefly at Jesus and Mary College at the University of Delhi. She moved to the US to work on her Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to Warwick, she was as an Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

(MP3 format, 8.4 MB)


Mr Chris Butters

17:06, Wed 22 Jun 2016

In our newest episode, we have a chat with Mr Chris Butters. Born in South Africa, he has worked with architecture, energy, ecology and sustainable planning for 35 years. Chris has been based in Norway for many years before taking the ELITH research posting at Warwick. He worked for 10 years in Bhutan, including design of schools and a hospital, as well as Tibetological research. He is a co-founder of the GAIA group, a pioneering network in the field of sustainable building and “deep green” solutions. He is also the creator of the Sustainability Value Map.

(MP3 format, 9.1 MB)


Dr Ben Richardson

09:19, Mon 20 Jun 2016

GSD Radio Podcast is back! In this episode, we chat to Dr Ben Richardson about his work around sugar consumption and trade.

(MP3 format, 9.8 MB)


Dr David Beck

09:09, Wed 18 Nov 2015

In this episode, we chat to our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Student Experience, Dr David Beck. David answers our questions about the course, and explains how sustainability is not only about the environment.

(MP3 format, 14 MB)


Professor Jan Palmowski

13:40, Tue 29 Sep 2015

In our second GSD Radio podcast, hear what Warwick's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Jan Palmowski has to say about his links to sustainability, how employable our students will be, and what global and local changes he predicts for the next five years.

(MP3 format, 9.8 MB)


Professor Cathia Jenainati

12:16, Tue 11 Aug 2015

In this episode, Professor Cathia Jenainati, the Academic Director of Global Sustainable Development talks about what Global Sustainable Development is, why it's important and what kind of students would be perfect for one of our GSD degrees.

(MP3 format, 10 MB)