Let’s Talk About is a project launched by Cogitatio Press in 2023 with the aim of promoting the research published in our journals to a wider audience. It consists of one on one conversations between a Cogitatio Press moderator and an author, who explains the main findings of the article and the value of its research. Our talks are available on our YouTube channel, the Let’s Talk About website (https://www.cogitatiopress.com/lets-talk-about), and podcast directories such as Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.
EU tax reform: Towards a more democratic Union
Does the EU have the power to tax? Ricardo García Antón (Tilburg University, Germany) helps us navigate through the legal arguments for and against EU taxation and discusses the implications for democracy and legitimacy.
Austerity's grip: Young people in the face of economic turmoil
How do global economic structures shape the everyday experiences of people in cities? Sander van Lanen (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) explains how the global financial crisis shaped austerity policies in Ireland, and how these policies affected young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods. What can we learn from the Irish case?
Cities for all: The role of social work in migrant integration
How can we make cities more inclusive for migrants? Niroshan Ramachandran (Edge Hill University, UK) and Claudia Di Matteo (Lund University, Sweden) explain how social work creates a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for migrants. We dive into the latest research and practice on inclusive cities and social work with migrants using Sweden and the UK as case studies.
Google News Initiative: A double-edged sword for journalism
We focus on Google News Initiative and its impact on journalism in Africa and the Middle East. Mathias Santos (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil) argues that Google News Initiative is building an infrastructure of power and dependency that could pose risks to responsible innovation in journalism. Could this infrastructure be used to control the flow of information and to undermine the independence of the news media?
The fight for fair work in the digital age
Platform workers: Are they employees or contractors? In Canada and the European Union, the status of platform workers is a hot topic. On both sides of the Atlantic, policymakers and labor advocates are grappling with how to protect the rights of these workers, who are often misclassified as contractors. Raoul Gebert (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada) explains the different approaches that Canada and the EU are taking to this issue. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for platform workers in both regions.
The stories of people who leave public housing
We explore the challenges and solutions for studying people who leave state-subsidized housing in Ethiopia, Morocco, and South Africa. Raffael Beier (TU Dortmund University, Germany) explains why it is important to understand the reasons for their departure, and how to overcome the challenges of studying this population.