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A podcast series that features the interesting work independent and emerging academic scholars. The series speaks with scholars from a variety of disciplines.

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    • Education

A podcast series that features the interesting work independent and emerging academic scholars. The series speaks with scholars from a variety of disciplines.

    Nation building: The role of education in states emerging from conflict.

    Nation building: The role of education in states emerging from conflict.

    On this episode we speak with Arnela Colic who is a doctoral fellow (PhD) in International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She examines education’s role in nation building in multiethnic, post-conflict contexts and the influence of international organizations on national education policies and systems. Her current work is focused on countries of the former Yugoslavia in Eastern Europe. The intent of her research is to explore how political and social forces shape education and contribute to or hinder the peacebuilding and nation (re)building efforts in states emerging from conflict. Arnela’s broader research interests include education in emergencies and education for peacebuilding. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Arnela completed her masters in International Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Kosovo. She also holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science with studies in Peace and Conflict and Russian Language, Literature, and Culture. You can find her online at linkedin.com/in/arnelacolic or on Twitter @arnelacolic


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    • 28 min
    Entrepreneurial Spirit: Supporting the next generation of start-ups to solve global issues

    Entrepreneurial Spirit: Supporting the next generation of start-ups to solve global issues

    On this episode we speak with Giuliano Sansone who holds a PhD in Management from Politecnico di Torino. He has been visiting Ph.D. Student at the MIT Sloan School of Management under the supervision of Fiona Murray in 2018.  Broadly, Guiliano's work focuses on working on Entrepreneurship in three distinct areas:
    1. Organizations that support the creation and the development of startups (e.g., Incubators, Accelerators, Startup Studios, Science Parks, etc)
    2. Social entrepreneurship (e.g., for-profit organizations with strong positive social/environmental aims)
    3. Entrepreneurship education and student entrepreneurship. 

    Currently, Guiliano is a post-doc researcher at Prague University of Economics and Business in the Department of Entrepreneurship under the supervision of Martin Lukeš. Giuliano’s research is dedicated to entrepreneurial creation and development and social entrepreneurship. His research was published in international journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change and International Entrepreneurship. His research was presented at more than 10 international conferences such as R&D, IPDMC and CINet. Giuliano also worked for the European+ project named Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems in Engineering and Technology (E4T) and he is working for an international research team named Social Innovation Monitor (SIM).


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    • 34 min
    Open innovation and Dynamic capabilities: Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises to better prepare, navigate and recover from economic crises.

    Open innovation and Dynamic capabilities: Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises to better prepare, navigate and recover from economic crises.

    Melissa Vasi is a doctoral candidate in Business Administration at Uninettuno University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Vincent English.  
    Her research focuses on the influence of open innovation and dynamic capabilities on the resilience of small and medium-sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study involves the implementation of a practical framework that supports firms in preparing for, during and recovering from an economic crisis caused by exogenous factors like pandemics, climate emergency, trade wars.

    Melissa received her B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2015 from University of Milano-Bicocca with a thesis on IT architectures that enable marketing communications and CRM development. She obtained her MBA in Business Administration and Digital Technologies (summa cum laude) in 2020 from Uninettuno University with a thesis on digital innovations and business models applied to insurance processes. Please follow Melissa’s interesting work on Twitter: @melissavasi or visit her website Website: www.melissavasi.com


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    • 23 min
    Half Time Scholars: Attacks on education as a potential driver of migration during times of conflict

    Half Time Scholars: Attacks on education as a potential driver of migration during times of conflict

    On this episode we feature the work of Myuri Komaragiri (she/her) who is a first-generation Canadian, who is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). From field experience in Guatemala, Morocco, and Jordan, as well as her MA dissertation on higher education pathways for refugees, Myuri is interested in the intersections between forced migration, higher education, conflict and peace. Though previously focusing on access to quality higher education for forcibly displaced populations, she is now increasingly interested in how targeted attacks on education during times of conflict act as drivers for migration, particularly for students and academics. Myuri works as an Education Policy Analyst at Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto, teaching a course on the role of education in (re)producing and transforming inequities.

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    • 34 min
    Half Time Scholars - Using genetics to improve the treatment of common human diseases

    Half Time Scholars - Using genetics to improve the treatment of common human diseases

    Chronic respiratory disorders like asthma affect around 600 million people worldwide. although these illnesses are widespread, they can have several different underlying causes, making them difficult to treat. On this episode we chat with William Reay a researcher from the University of Newcastle, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, whose work focuses on integrating statistical genetics with systems biology to further our knowledge of the biological processes involved in complex disorders and how this could be leveraged for treatment in the future.
    William is particularly passionate about the application of this approach to psychiatry, as novel interventions remain urgently required to improve patient outcomes.  His research has thus far been published in prestigious journals including Molecular Psychiatry and Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity and presented at conferences including the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics and Schizophrenia International Research Society. Follow William’s interesting work on Twitter @williamreay96

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    • 32 min
    Halftime Scholars - Optimal Deployment: The Race for Artificial Intelligence Supremacy

    Halftime Scholars - Optimal Deployment: The Race for Artificial Intelligence Supremacy

    On this episode we explore how recently, governments have shown significant interest in disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). For example, recently launched national strategic AI plans. However, AI adoption in the public sector is an emerging trend, hence, there is enormous ambiguity about the optimal deployment.

    Our guest is Samar Fatima is a Ph.D. scholar in the Queensland University of Technology Business School. Her research interest focuses on exploring the role of artificial intelligence in the public sector. Through her research, she aspires to explain the role of technology in societal development initiatives. The first study identifies what approach each country is adopting towards AI through national strategic plans. The second study explores why the countries approached AI in a certain way. The third study focuses on how public agencies develop the readiness to design and deliver AI-enabled public services. The third study presents renovation in business models of public agencies for such disruptive transformation.

    By using a combination of data sources (primary and secondary) and employing a set of methodologies such as content analysis, fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis and design science research methodology, the dissertation covers a variety of theoretical and empirical avenues. The dissertation answers the what, why and how affairs of AI in countries. Besides extending knowledge on strategic planning of governments, the dissertation sheds light on various societal (e.g. ethics) and practical (policy implication) issues related to AI adoption and anticipates future of AI in countries. Follow Samar’s interesting work @ Twitter: https://twitter.com/samarfhatimaand LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samar-fatima


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    • 39 min

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