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The Eastern Arc Podcast
45 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Episode 23: Demystifying the NIHR
Established in 2006, the NIHR has an annual budget of more than £1bn. It funds health and social care, and has been seen as the ‘research arm of the NHS’. However, many who do research that is relevant to the funder are deterred from applying because its structure can seem confusing, its priorities obscure, and its processes unclear. This podcast is a recording of a live event we held in March 2022, which provided a clear, straightforward overview of how the funder is structured, its 10 basic schemes, and how applications are assessed, together with insights into how you can frame your application for the best chance of success, and where you can find out more.
36 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 22: Volunteering during the pandemic - outcome of the project
In December 2020 we talked to four researchers about a project that looked at volunteering in the four nations of the UK during the pandemic. At the time they had just received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and were just beginning to get started on the research. In this episode our Director Phil Ward talks to them a year on to see how the project went, what they learnt and where they go from here. As well as two of the original researchers we talked to others who undertook the research within each of the four nations.
29 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Episode 21 - Pyramids of Life
In this edition of the Eastern Arc podcast series we hear about a groundbreaking £1.5m project that seeks to better understand how we can work sustainably to manage our oceans. The project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to develop a methodology that will enable us to more robustly quantify the effect that fishing has on the marine ecosystem.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 20 – Special Edition: ‘Befriending’ during the pandemic
This is the second special edition podcast that explores the ESRC-funded project, Mobilising Voluntary Action: Learning from Today, Prepared for Tomorrow, which involved academics from across EARC. In the last episode EARC Director Phil Ward talked to people who worked for charities and explained how their organisations coped with having to ‘pause’ volunteering during the pandemic. This time he’s talking to those whose work actually increased during the pandemic to cope with an increase in demand for their services. They are ‘befriending’ charities, and they provide a lifeline for those who are isolated or lonely within society. Their services had never been more important than when the pandemic first hit. We hear about the exponential rise in the number of people seeking their help, and how they were able to deal with it.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 19 – Special Edition: Pausing volunteering during the pandemic
This special edition sees us stepping beyond the EARC universities to talk to charities about how the pandemic has affected their volunteering work.
27 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Episode 18: How do we understand and quantify 'natural capital'?
What is 'natural capital'? The term has become increasingly prevalent as we try to understand the value of the natural world around us, particularly as we grapple with the challenges of the climate crisis and try to live more sustainably. But is it possible to quantify and fully understand natural capital? When we are dealing with such complex interrelationships, can we robustly assess the effect and value of the ecosystem of which we’re part?
37 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Episode 17: 'Deplorables' and the deep web: beyond the liberal consensus
Our 17th podcast differs from our previous editions. Rather than having a panel of experts, we hear from Prof Alan Finlayson, Professor of Political & Social Theory at UEA,who spoke at our conference 2021 about online extremism and how political theorists need to go beyond the seminar room to understand new challenges to the liberal consensus.
20 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 16: The future of the decolonising the curriculum movement
This is the third and final of a short series of three podcasts that look at the decolonising the curriculum. It looks at the future of the decolonising the curriculum movement.
19 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 15: How white is my curriculum?
This is the second of a short series of three podcasts that look at the decolonising the curriculum. It asks how white is the curriculum, and how receptive are universities to change?
23 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 14: The background to the decolonising the curriculum movement
This is the first of a short series of three podcasts that look at the decolonising the curriculum. It looks at the background to the decolonising the curriculum movement, and the central role played by students.
37 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 13: Volunteering across the UK during the pandemic
In this episode we hear about a project that has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) that will look at how this sector has responded to the pandemic, and the differences in the response in each of the UK’s four nations. The project developed from an Eastern Arc workshop that took place in 2019. We hear from four members of the team about the project, and the wider context of how the government works – or doesn’t work – with voluntary organisations in each jurisdiction. Taking part are:
38 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Episode 12: Developing resilience following natural or human disasters
Experts from Essex and UEA are joined by a colleague from the Open University of Mauritius to look at how individuals and communities develop resilience.
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Episode 11: How will they play it? Party strategies in the US election
In the final part of our US elections mini-series, we look at the different strategies that may be used by both parties. To discuss these we have gathered three EARC experts to help us to understand the broader context: Emma Long (UEA), Royce Carroll (Essex) and Rubrick Biegon (Kent).
17 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Episode 10: The role of the electoral college and the rise of evanglicals in the US election
In Episode 9 we looked at the underlying issues which will inform the American presidential election, including coronavirus and civil unrest, as well as some more surprising concerns that voters have. In this episode Eastern Arc experts Emma Long (UEA), Royce Carroll (Essex) and Rubrick Biegon (Kent) take a step back and look at the history that has shaped the current system, including the electoral college and issues of faith.
13 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Episode 9: Covid, BLM, the Supreme Court and other key issues in the US election
The forthcoming US presidential election, due to take place on 3 November, is shaping up to be one of the toughest, angriest, and most hard-fought of recent years. This is the first in a series of three podcasts looking at three key areas of the campaign. Emma Long (UEA), Joyce Carroll (Essex) and Rubrick Biegon (Kent) look at the underlying issues which will inform the election, including coronavirus and civil unrest, as well as some more surprising concerns that voters have.
31 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Episode 8: Single use plastics and household decision-making
In this episode we look at one of the projects we funded last year. Dr Danielle Tucker (Essex) and Dr Alison Dean (Kent) are joined by their former colleague Dr Pamela Yeow, and two research assistants, Dr Zara Babakordi and Dr Aleksandra Besevic, to look at how households manage single use plastic. Consumers are increasingly aware of the ethical implications of the decisions they make. However, there has been relatively little research on how decisions around ethical consumer spending are made within a household, and the part that each member of the household plays in the push to reduce our environmental impact.
19 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Episode 7: ‘There is no revolution without songs’: environment & art in the Americas
In Episode 6 we looked at the history of human engagement with the environment in the Americas. In this episode we follow this up by looking at the artistic and creative response to the environment. Dr Hazel Marsh (UEA), Prof Susan Oliver (Essex) and Prof Karen Jones (Kent) look at several examples of artists and projects that help us to understand our relationship with the environment.
28 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Episode 6: ‘The myth of hyperabundance’: the environmental history of the Americas
In this podcast Dr Hazel Marsh (UEA), Prof Susan Oliver (Essex) and Prof Karen Jones (Kent) look at the relationship between humans and their environment in the Americas. They examine the exploratory voyages of the nineteenth century, the myth of ‘hyperabundance’, and how the climate crisis has focused minds and developed a new understanding and respect for the environment.
34 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Episode 5: Health and wellbeing in lockdown
Isolation, inactivity, boredom, uncertainty and powerlessness, as well as anxiety and exhaustion from balancing work and additional pressures at home, are having an impact on our mental and physical health during lockdown. Professor Anne Marie Minihane (UEA), Dr Valerie Gladwell (Essex) and Dr Glen Davison (Kent) discuss what we mean by wellbeing, how lockdown has impacted on it, and what we can do to keep healthy and well in the current situation.
35 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Episode 4: Testing for Coronavirus
In this episode, Prof Mark Smales (Kent) explains how scientists currently test for Covid, and looks at two alternative forms of testing that are in the pipeline. He is joined by Dr Javier Andreu Perez (Essex) and Prof Carl Philpott (UEA). Javier is developing an app that analyses a patient’s cough, and Carl looks at smell loss, and explains why it has now been formally included in the WHO’s list of official symptoms for Covid-19.
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