Audio is important to the LSE Public Policy Group. Our blogs, funded by HEIF 5 – an innovation fund focusing on knowledge exchange – have continued to push the boundaries of academic dissemination. One of our highest aims is to bring academia online, and in turn, broaden access to the social sciences. Audio is integral to this process. By giving narrative to the full breadth of academic research, we hope to stretch the understanding and impact of research beyond the confines of universities. You can find all four of our podcasts series across these online platforms: LSE’s podcast channel, Soundcloud, iTunes and iTunes U.
Not only is the diversification of online output important for us, but the quality of output is integral to what we do. We want to challenge the idea that an academic podcast is merely a speaker at a microphone. We experiment with different podcasts formats and take many lessons from the tried and tested world of radio storytelling.
I blog about issues related to sound and how it can be used to enhance social science dissemination. You can read my Simple Guide to Academic Podcast series, for practical and technical advice on how to begin your own project. If you have any audio-related questions, you can also find me at email@example.com and on Twitter @cherylbrumley.
- Cheryl Brumley, Digital Editor, LSE PPG blogs
Latest blog post:
Audible Impact launches today, the latest audio offering from the LSE Public Policy Group (PPG) blogs. We wanted to do something different with this series of podcasts, something that might inform the way we at the LSE PPG tell the story of academic research in the future.
So for our first episode, we met with Adam Grant, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Wharton Business School. His latest book Give and Take: A revolutionary approach to success, details his studies into pro-social behaviour in the workplace, and why being a ‘giver’ is the key to getting ahead (this is where the Gordon Gekko’s of the world stop reading).
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13 September 2013: The German Elections
LSE’s Waltraud Schelkle, examines the meaning of the elections for the EU. Patricia Hogwood of the University of Westminster takes a closer look at the election campaign and other emerging parties, and world renowned German sociologist, Ulrich Beck, tells us why Europe should reinvent modernity.
Photo credit: Marcus Yorke, 2013
Have you heard the one about university lecturers and researchers doing stand-up? This podcast looks at how academic minutiae can be a vehicle not only for gut-busting laughter but a strategy for public engagement. Featuring Steve Cross, Alex Hall, Chiara Ambrosio and Sarah Wiseman.
1 August 2013: Want to make an impact? Mark Blyth says ‘Dress it up in math!’
Mark Blyth, Professor of Political Science at Brown University and author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea talks about what social scientists and humanities academics can do to improve the accessibility and impact of their work.
Photo credit: Math Matters by Mammaoca2008
26 July 2013: Austerity
Mark Blyth, Professor of Political Science at Brown University in the US talks about his book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. He discusses why he thinks austere policies are merely a form of self-harm. We also hear from Claire Jones, Economics Reporter at the Financial Times about the role of central banks, particularly that of the Bank of England, in handling austerity.
Photo credit: Austerity by 401(K) 2013
LSE Review of Books
17 July 2013: Behind Economics: Prisoners’ Dilemmas and Payday Loans
Mary Morgan, LSE Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, speaks to us about her book The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think. Carl Packman, author of Loan Sharks: The Rise and Rise of Payday Lending, discusses the exponential growth of the payday lending industry in the UK. Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, Professor John van Reenen, thinks back to his early career and identifies the books that shaped his thinking about the economic world.
Photo Credit: Payday Loan by Thomas Hawk
13 June 2013: What does it mean to be European Today?
Simon Glendinning, LSE Reader in European Philosophy, talks about EU ‘experimenters’, a third group which sits between dogmatists and skeptics. Paul Stock, LSE Lecturer in Early Modern International History, discusses how non-elitist voices can expand the notion of ‘Europeanness’ and Luuk van Middelaar speaks about his award-wining book in our ‘Future of Europe’ segment.
Photo Credit: gingerbeardman (Creative Commons BY NC ND)
Audible Impact is a podcast series from the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog. The podcasts feature leading academics talking about the visibility, evaluation and diversity of social science research.
The LSE Review of Books podcasts aim to give listeners the opportunity to hear prolific authors and academics discussing the ideas behind their latest books. The podcasts feature author interviews centred around topics which spark debates in academia and across the world.
voxEUROPP showcases commentary from academic experts from across Europe on the latest issues facing Europe and the EU. The podcasts aim to bring listeners the best in expert commentary on European governance, economics, politics, culture and society.
LSE British Politicast aims to bring academic, evidence-based, perspectives to the political issues facing Britain today.
Other audio: On all our blogs, we produce interviews and specials which are independent of our regular podcast series