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Research that makes a difference

The Emerald podcast series speaks to experts from around the globe, using research to create real impact.

Join our hosts as they discuss the important topics in research at the moment, bringing that research to life.

You can listen online, or download to enjoy at a time that suits you.

Our latest podcasts

Here is a selection of our most recent podcasts. To view all the podcasts available in the series, you can browse the following categories:

Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all | Real impact

Our goals

We're passionate about leading change, and align everything we do with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In doing so we publish research that influences thinking, changes policies, and positively makes a difference to lives beyond the walls of academia.

Discover more about our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all

All available podcasts

Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all | Real Impact

Fairer society

Accountability during the COVID pandemic: the perspective of emerging economies

We discuss the state of emerging economies in holding institutions accountable to equitable and ethical emergency response measures to Covid-19.

How Brexit is changing women’s lives

As we navigate our way through the challenges of 2021, we are finally finding out the answer to that perennial question – what does Brexit actually mean?

How global drug policy impacts women

Julia Buxton explores how and why drug policy is formed, and unravels the ways this plays out in the context of women’s lives – from the stigma and shame experienced by women involved in drugs to the challenges they face in accessing appropriate treatment and services.

Gender in violence in war and armed conflict – is it more dangerous to be a woman?

This week we talk to Stacy Banwell, from the University of Greenwich, about her open access book, and how gendered assumptions of who ‘is dangerous’ and who is “in danger” obscure the realities of gender-based violence within and beyond the conflict zone.

Tattoos: from subculture to pop culture

Author Lee Barron joins us to discuss the place of tattoos in modern society and look at their changing status in popular culture.

Lockdown six months on: how COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter have changed our working lives

In this episode, we talk to Professor Jonathan Wilson, taking a look at the changes 2020 has brought to our working lives, and how we’ve responded to COVID-19 and BlackLivesMatter.

Race, education and retirement in professional football

We join Dr Paul Campbell (University of Leicester) to discuss his research into the experiences of ex-professional black footballers transitioning from sport to mainstream careers.


Healthier lives

Cabin fever: mental health and the pandemic

Over the course of the last year, millions of people have come to experience some form of cabin fever as a result of the various lockdowns due to the pandemic. Author Paul Crawford speaks about the historical significance of the term "cabin fever" and offers remedies to lessen its effects through art.

The extinction curve

Today’s guests argue that capitalism is the greatest culprit of global warming and they offer a radical solution: democratic nationalism. What is this and how is it different from green capitalism?

Health and illness in the neoliberal era in Europe

This episode explains and explores the effects of neoliberalism on healthcare policy and practice, and on everyday experience of health and illness in Europe.

Inequalities in mental health care for black communities

We speak to Karen Carberry, consultant Family Therapist at Orri and Ted Ransaw, from Michigan State University about inequalities in mental healthcare for black communities.

How Covid-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system

We join Bob Doherty and Madeleine Power, both at the University of York, to discuss how Covid-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system.

Architecture & urban design of the post COVID-19 city

We join Ashraf Salama (University of Strathclyde, UK) to ask what the implications of disease spread are for architectural education and research.


Responsible management

Leadership & popular culture

Lessons in leadership and management can come from surprising places. Author Michael Urick discusses how lessons from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings can be used to make you the best leader possible.

Leading with presence during Coronavirus times

This week, we look at the importance of presence and authenticity in leadership, and how to convey these qualities when everyone is working remotely.

How to build a sustainable food enterprise and battle food poverty with The Larder

The Larder aims to tackle food poverty and promote food sustainability. In this episode, we talk with Kay Johnson about how The Larder was formed, it’s various projects and how these have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The future of work

2020 has been rough. How have companies adapted to the social and political climate of the last year to better serve consumers and employees?

Futures studies & futures literacy

Imagining the future is an innate human capacity, one that can be developed and used as a tool for both imaging the future and shaping it. 


Quality education for all

Diversity & equity in school leadership

We discuss the power and responsibility that teachers have, why we need better data to improve our schools, the importance of student voice and human conversations and the ways that schools can partner with their communities.

Video games: families, education, the risks and rewards

Video games have a huge influence on society. We take a look at the benefits for families and in educational settings and explore the debate around violence and deviancy.

The future of learning

The world we live in is changing at a fast pace and what we teach and how we teach is also evolving rapidly. Dr John Moravec talks to us about the future of learning and innovative paradigms of education.

The future of Knowledge Exchange: the role of KEF in developing ‘the third mission’

To understand more about KEF, we asked three knowledge exchange professionals to take us through the development of KEF’s first iteration, its role in helping universities understand their own performance and the implications for universities and researchers.

The purpose-driven university

A purpose-driven university is one that deeply considers its impact on the communities and environment it is a part of. Author Debbie Haski-Leventhal discusses why universities should assess their purpose in order to have a positive effect on their students, faculty and society.

The fully functioning university in challenging times

We talk to Asher Rospigliosi from the University of Brighton about how universities should focus on their core missions – advancing knowledge, educating students and serving their communities – as they navigate their way through these challenges.

Rethinking leadership in HBCUs

This week we talk to Johnny D Jones, author of Leadership of historically black colleges and universities: a what not to do guide for HBCU leaders and Professor of Education at Mississippi Valley State University about HBCUs.


Real Impact

Technological Sustainability, a new Emerald journal

Editor in Chief, Shahla Seifi, speaks to us about a new journal that focuses on the role of technology in sustainability.

The future of open research – How can we work together to create a common ground?

In this episode Daniel is joined by Glenn Hampson, founder and director of the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) to discuss alternative measures of impact, funding and the future of open research.

Reforming research culture to incentivise open data, transparency and openness

In this episode we speak to David Mellor, leader of Policy Initiatives the Center for Open Science, to discuss reforming research culture to encourage open data and transparency.

Openness, transparency and equity in open research

In this episode we’re joined by Shelley Allen, Emerald Publishing’s Head of Open Research, to discuss themes around openness, transparency and equity in open research.

BONUS: Class as a barrier in the publishing industry

We speak to Professor Katy Shaw, author of The Common People Report, to talk about the barriers that working-class writers experience and changes needed in the publishing industry.

Revising the REF deadline: Research Excellence Framework 2021 and Covid-19

In March 2020, REF 2021 was put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We join Chris Hewson and Mark Taylor to explore the implications, and what this means for universities, funding and support staff.

Setting the playlist podcast series

Diversity is being asked to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance, equity is setting the playlist. This series focuses on gender equity and how women are setting the playlist. Hosted by Emerald North America Regional Manager, Erika Valenti.


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