Are you a naturally curious person? Following on from the Royal Society of Edinburgh's successful Tea & Talk series held during their Curious 2019 summer events programme, the concept has been developed for a digital format to provide access to experts talking on a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity for listeners to learn something new, expand their horizons and hear from national and world experts in their respective disciplines.
How we will travel and commute in a net-zero Scotland
In episode three of the Tea and Talk Podcast, we speak to RSE Fellows Professor Gordon Masterton and Professor Iain Docherty about transport, mobility and what net-zero means in practice.
Gordon is Chair of Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh and has a wealth of experience advising on transport and infrastructure projects including Crossrail and HS2.
Iain is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Stirling, a leading researcher of transport and mobility and a former non-Executive Director of ScotRail.
What tourism looks like in a net-zero world
We chat with members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, Dr Sandro Carnicelli and Dr Leslie Mabon about the impacts of climate change on tourism.
Sandro Carnicelli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland where he leads work and conducts research on Marketing, Events and Tourism.
Leslie Mabon is a lecturer in Environmental Systems at the Open University looking at the governance of complex environmental issues and how you balance scientific knowledge with social and cultural considerations.
How climate change impacts Scottish cities
With COP26 being held in Glasgow, we chat to Professor James Curran MBE FRSE and Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE about the impact of climate change on Scottish cities, and the policy and lifestyle changes needed in order to make cities more environmentally friendly.
James Curran MBE is a former Chief Executive of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, serves on the board of the Green Purposes Company, and is Chair of Climate Ready Clyde.
Duncan Maclennan CBE is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Professorial Research Fellow in Urban Economics at University of New South Wales, and has worked for many years in the areas of housing, infrastructure and neighbourhoods.
Integrating asylum seekers and refugees to build a more inclusive, equal society
“Good integration is not camps, it’s not aid. It’s people living in flourishing communities where everyone can contribute.”
In S03E05 of the RSE Tea and Talk Podcast, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield discusses the issues asylum seekers and refugees face in a post-Brexit Britain with RSE Fellow, Professor Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts.
The inequalities of disability during the pandemic
Studies have shown that living with a disability is more expensive than living without one. As the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to the global economy, what will this mean for those with disabilities and the social care and welfare systems that many rely on?
In S03E04 of the RSE Tea and Talk Podcast, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield discusses these issues and more with Professor Nick Watson FRSE, Chair of Disability Research and Director of Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow, and Theresa Shearer, Group Chief Executive of ENABLE Scotland, Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and a trustee of Inclusion Europe. Both Nick and Theresa are also members of the RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission’s inclusive public service working group.
Sexual equality and diversity in a modern Scotland
Scotland has become a massively more diverse country in the past fifty years. The advent of better birth control methods in the 1960s sparked an attitude shift and offered more freedoms to women in their lives, their place in the labour market and to a person’s sexual identity entirely. However, alongside these freedoms came issues like the gender pay gap, LGBTI discrimination and the distribution of labour.
In S03E03 of the RSE Tea and Talk Podcast, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield discusses how Scotland can address these issues with RSE Fellows, Professor Lynn Abrams and Professor Ian Rivers. Lynn is Chair in Modern History and a member of the Centre of Gender History at the University of Glasgow, Ian is Professor of Education for Social Change at the University of Strathclyde who researches bullying behaviour in schools, focusing particularly on the bullying of LGBTI young people and the psychological effects of being a bystander.