Emerald podcast series

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.

See below for all the podcasts available in the series

Fairer society

Empowering female climate change activists

Rebecca Torr speaks with esteemed author Peg Spitzer about climate change and gender equity. 

Real impact

Circular construction: building a sustainable future

Host Rebecca Torr speaks with academic experts about how circular economy principles are transforming construction.

Quality education for all

Environmental education: Why US universities miss the mark on environmental literacy

Join us as Professor Manuel Vallee reveals the historical, institutional, and political barriers preventing US universities from effectively imparting environmental literacy to all students.

Healthier lives

Capitalism, health and wellbeing with Rob Noonan

Thomas Felix Creighton and Rob Noonan discuss the clash between the drive for economic growth and achieving global health goals, offering practical solutions to reverse alarming trends.


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All available podcasts

To view all the podcasts available in the series, you can browse the following categories:

Empowering female climate change activists
Rebecca Torr speaks with esteemed author Peg Spitzer about climate change and gender equity. 

Equality vs equity: tackling issues of race in the workplace
Rebecca Torr chats with Jenny Garrett OBE about the strategies helping to make our workplaces more diverse and inclusive.

Challenging injustice: social enterprise in the 1800s
Host Francesca Lombardo speaks to authors Patrick Murphy and Jack Smothers about social enterprises in Antebellum America.

Inflation: what is it and how does it affect society
A socio-economic discussion between host Thomas Creighton, and guest James Connelly, on inflation in the UK.

Supporting girls and young women victims of sexual harassment in schools: "me and you and everyone we know"
Join Host Iram Satti and guest Anthony Goodman as they discuss the empowerment of young women and their right to live without sexual harassment.

Transgenerational technology: age, technology, inequality
Join us for a conversation with Hannah R. Marston, Linda Shore, Laura Stoops, and Robbie S. Turner about multi-disciplinary research on generations, technology, and inequalities.

Roe vs. Wade, criminal law and the legal protection of the unborn
In this episode, infanticide expert Emma Milne reacts to the Roe vs. Wade overturning.

COVID-19 and homelessness
Host Daniel Ridge talks to Martin Whiteford, Abe Oudshoorn and Rebecca Schiff about the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness.

Locked-Out: Generational inequalities of housing tenure and housing type
Host Fiona Allison asks: How do government policy, economic factors and market forces impact different generations on whether they rent or buy?

Youth exclusion, empowerment and sustainable development
Oláyínká Àkànle discusses the sustainable future of global youth studies.

Re-discovering economic abuse
Leading economic abuse expert Nicola Sharp-Jeffs chronicles her pioneering work.

Breaking through bias to achieve career potential
In this episode, Iram speaks with Jenny Garrett (OBE) and Vicky Williams in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022 and exploring the theme of gender bias. 

Space, place, and an ageing society
In this episode, our guests discuss older people's relationship to space and place.

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.

Gender in violence in war and armed conflict – is it more dangerous to be a woman?
Stacy Banwell talks 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, Professor Jonathan Wilson takes 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 to discuss his research into the experiences of ex-professional black footballers transitioning from sport to mainstream careers.

Capitalism, health and wellbeing with Rob Noonan
Thomas Felix Creighton and Rob Noonan discuss the clash between the drive for economic growth and achieving global health goals, offering practical solutions to reverse alarming trends.

Workplace loneliness: the challenge of connecting in a remote-working world 
Join host Rebekah Taylor and her guests as they discuss why loneliness is increasingly prevalent in the modern workplace.

Sensory penalities: decoding the consequences of sensory punishment
Host Rebecca Torr and guests explore sensory deprivation and the need to rethink punishment strategies in today’s society.

Work-life flexibility policies: a conversation with Dr Ellen Kossek
Join our discussion on managing work-life boundaries in the digital age with host Thomas Felix Creighton and Dr Ellen Kossek.

Eating disorders in a capitalist world: super woman or a super failure?
Join us for a discussion on the connection between capitalism, media myths, female identity, and eating disorders.

Positive psychology for healthcare professionals
Podcast host Rebecca Torr speaks to Dr Jan Macfarlane about the ways positive psychology interventions can improve wellbeing.

Family carers and caring: what it's all about
Host Francesca Lombardo speaks with authors Alisoun Milne and Mary Larkin about the complexities of family carers and caring.

Reconsidering patient centered care: between autonomy and abandonment
Host Rebecca Torr speaks with Professor Alison Pilnick and Professor Ruth Parry on the topic of patient centered care in relation to patient outcomes and healthcare policy reform. 

COVID-19, Frontline Responders and Mental Health
Thomas Felix Creighton interviews ‘COVID-19, Frontline Responders and Mental Health’ editor, Jennifer A. Horney.

Sperm and egg donors: curious connections
Host Thomas Felix Creighton interviews 'Donors: Curious Connections and Donor Conception' author Petra Nordquist.

Self-compassion: the benefits of being kind to yourself
Host Charlie Swift speaks with experts about the role of self-compassion in personal and professional well-being. 

Suicide and self-harm: new research directions
We speak with three guests who contributed to the special issue of the Journal of Public Mental Health on the theme of suicide and self-harm: new directions in research.

Mental health and higher education
Join us for a discussion with Dr Sehar Graham, Dr Stefano Zucca, and Silvia Gomez Recio on the mental health pressures of working in academia.

What is social care research (and why is it important)
What is social care research and how do we get it to those who are practising in the field? How do we bridge the gap between academia and practitioner?

Cabin fever: mental health and 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.

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 the 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.

Navigating the future of management education in the MENA region and Africa
Insights into the development of management education, and practices, with the challenges and opportunities faced in the region.

The reflective leader: reflexivity in practice
Thomas Felix Creighton interviews author Ian Robson about reflective leadership.

The thoughtful leader
In this episode, host Francesca Lombardo discusses braver leadership and its importance with guests Elaine Cox and Mike McLaughlin.

Women entrepreneurs and leaders in hospitality and tourism management
Host Francesca Lombardo speaks to academics Sumeetra Ramakrishnann, Emily Ma, and Lorna Wang about women entrepreneurs and leaders in Tourism and Hospitality.

Exploring the latest trends in management literature with Sudhir Rana
Thomas Felix Creighton interviews Sudhir Rana, from the Review of Management Literature.

Radical proceduralism: democracy from philosophical principles to political institutions
Host Thomas Felix Creighton interviews 'Radical Proceduralism' author, Dannica Fleuß.

Radical Business: How to transform your business in the age of global crisis
Join host Daniel Ridge and guest John Davis to discuss how businesses can be a force for good by putting societal value at its heart.

A post-Brexit, post-Covid unstable world: economic progress, trade and politics
Join host Thomas Felix Creighton, along with Richard D. Simmons and Nigel Culkin, as they discuss the aftershocks of Brexit, the pandemic and economic growth.

Leadership for witches and wizards
Author Aditya Simha discusses the inspiration behind using the wizarding world to illustrate leadership concepts.

Disaster and Prevention Management Journal – 30th Anniversary
To celebrate 30 years of publishing, host Fiona Allison speaks to JC Gaillard and Emmanuel Raju, the current editors of Disaster and Prevention Management.

Leaders assemble! Leadership in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Join host Fiona Allison as she discusses lessons in leadership in the MCU with authors Sy Islam and Gordon Schmidt.

Supply chain resilience through COVID-19 and beyond
Host Daniel Ridge speaks with the guest editors and authors of the special issue: "Learning from the Covid-19 pandemic: Planning, controlling and driving change for greater resilience in supply chains."

CSR and Indigenous peoples in Canada
We speak to Dr. Brad Long about corporate social responsibility and reconciliation in the context of Indigenous Canadian communities and peoples.

Platforms everywhere: how does a platform business model work?
Author of Platforms Everywhere: Transforming Organizations by Integrating Ecosystems in Business Design, Ned Rava speaks to us about his book.

Diversity and inclusion in organisations
Dr Jennifer Kuklenski discusses her book Diversity and Organizational Development: Impacts and Opportunities, an pertinent topic for any organisation.

Leadership & popular culture
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
In this episode, 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
In this episode, we talk with Kay Johnson about how The Larder was formed, its 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.

Environmental education: Why US universities miss the mark on environmental literacy
Join us as Professor Manuel Vallee reveals the historical, institutional, and political barriers preventing US universities from effectively imparting environmental literacy to all students.

Positive education at all levels
Join host Rebecca Torr and guest Dr Michelle Tytherleigh as they examine positive psychology in education.

Supply chain pracademics: encouraging co-creation between academics and practitioners in the supply chain field
Host Rebecca Torr speaks with David Loseby and Chee Yew Wong about supply chain management and co-creation.

Striving for equality, diversity and inclusion in scholarly research and communications
Join host Rebecca Torr and her guests as they discuss actions for an equitable publishing environment.

Open is a verb: A discussion about open education and equity pedagogy
Host Francesca Lombardo speaks to authors Jennifer Van Allen and Stacy Katz about open education practices and equity pedagogy and how they intersect.

The impactful academic
Wade Kelly, Lucy Jowett and Alisha Peart, join host, Ian Boucher for an expert-led discussion for researchers and professional impact support on research impact.

Academic resilience
Host Fiona Allison speaks with the editors of the latest book in the Surviving and Thriving in Academia series: Academic Resilience, where together they examine what resilience is, what it can do and how it can be worked upon.

Are You In?: How close are we to reaching more responsible research assessment across the globe (Parts 1 and 2)
Join host Florence Theberge as she speaks to experts about responsible research assessment, open research, DORA, the Leiden Manifesto, bibliometrics, Journal Impact Factor, Citations, and the Are you in? Impact Manifesto

Building sustainable business schools for future leaders
Dr. Juan Carlos Sosa Varela discusses the role education and research play in equipping future leaders interested in addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and developing the field of responsible management.

EDI and the University
In this episode, we speak to Udy Archibong and Nikki Pearce about the role the University can play in social mobility, anti-racism, employability and decolonisation.

Open Access Week/Break the norm – healthy open research practices
In this episode, Iram speaks with Payal Kumar and Jayantha Dewasiri about open access journals, in celebration of Open Access Week.

Indigenous knowledge transfer – First Voices First
In this episode, we speak to Erika Valenti, Deborah Lee and Suzy Bear about the First Voices First pilot project in partnership with COPPUL.

The future of business education
Key business school leaders join us for a discussion on the future of business education.

Diversity & equity in school leadership
We discuss why we need better data to improve our schools, the importance of the student voice and human conversations and the ways that schools can partner with their communities.

Video games: families, education, the risks and rewards
Here, we take a look at the benefits of video games for families and in educational settings, and explore the debate around violence and deviancy.

The future of learning
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.

The purpose-driven university
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
Asher Rospigliosi from the University of Brighton on how universities should focus on their core missions as they navigate their way through challenging times.

Rethinking leadership in HBCUs
We talk to Johnny D Jones, author of Leadership of historically black colleges and universities: a what not to do guide for HBCU leaders about HBCUs.

Circular construction: building a sustainable future
Host Rebecca Torr speaks with academic experts about how circular economy principles are transforming construction.

Construction 4.0: a revolution or an evolution?
Join host Rebecca Torr and her guests as they dive into Construction 4.0, exploring what it means for the built environment and the industry.

Interparliamentary relations and the future of devolution in the UK 1998-2018
Join host Daniel Ridge as he speaks to Professor Margaret Arnott about the Parliamentary System in the UK and the future of devolution.

CEOs on a mission: reimagining CEO activism, development, and difference
Guest Eric Kwame Adae highlights the emerging imperative for CEOs to embrace activism and align internal practices with external advocacy.

Sustainable innovations in the built environment: a digital perspective
Host Rebecca Torr and guests discuss how digital technologies are transforming the built environment.

The notorious ESG: business, climate, and the race to save the planet
Host Thomas Felix Creighton speaks with author Vasuki Shastry about 'Environment, Social and Governance' (ESG) scores in the business world.

Empowering change: inside activist criminology
Join Rebecca Torr and her three expert guests as they explore the burgeoning field of activist criminology and the challenges of tackling negative crime controls. 

Technological myopia and sustainability
Charlie Swift discusses short-sighted views of technology with David Crowther, Koorosh Gharehbaghi, and Kristijan Krkač.

Self-knowledge and knowledge management applications
Host Daniel Ridge speaks to author Beverly Weed-Schertzer about the role of self-knowledge in organisations.

Humanitarian logistics & supply chain management: building a community through shared research
Join us as we discuss humanitarian logistics and the 10th anniversary of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Exploring female involvement in acts of terrorism and mass shootings
Host Thomas Felix Creighton talks to author Danielle Nicholson to explore the current literature on female involvement in terrorism and mass shootings.

Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
Enrico Guarini, Elisa Mori, and Elena Zuffada illustrate how the SDG framework might be deployed in order to achieve political goals, increase public value, and produce a healthier, more sustainable world for all.

Understanding the Techlash era
In this episode, Iram speaks with Nirit Weiss Blatt about her upcoming paperback publication The Techlash and Tech Crisis Communication.

Tourism in Brazil: challenges and opportunities
Our guests offer an overview of Brazil as a tourist destination and discuss critical issues relative to tourism development.

Risky business: sex work, regulation & online platforms
In this episode, we speak with Dr Nick Cowen and Dr Rachela Colosi about the impact of online platforms on the sex work industry.

Answer Intelligence: Raise your AQ
Brian Glibkowski discusses his book, Answer Intelligence: Raise your AQ, and showcases how readers can reimagine what it means to communicate effectively.

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?
Glenn Hampson, founder and director of the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) discusses alternative measures of impact, funding and the future of open research.

Reforming research culture to incentivise open data, transparency and openness
David Mellor, leader of Policy Initiatives at the Center for Open Science, on reforming research culture to encourage open data and transparency.

Openness, transparency and equity in open research
Shelley Allen, Emerald Publishing’s Head of Open Research, discusses themes around openness, transparency and equity in open research.

BONUS: Class as a barrier in the publishing industry
Professor Katy Shaw, author of The Common People Report, discusse the barriers that working-class writers experience and the 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 COVID-19. Chris Hewson and Mark Taylor explore the implications, and what this means for universities, funding and support staff.

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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

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