Welcome to Impacted - the podcast series about research for real change. Each episode showcases researchers at the University of Sussex (UK) and considers the impact their work is having in the world.
Michael Gasiorek is Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex, as well as Managing Director of a University spin-out company, InterAnalysis and a Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO). A leading authority in understanding the mechanisms by which trade affects peoples lives, Michael’s work has had a significant impact by informing policy makers about the potential risks and benefits of the decisions they make.
Rob Byrne is a Senior Lecturer @ The Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He is also a co-convener for the Energy and Climate Change Domain of the STEPS Centre (a research initiative between SPRU and the Institute for Development Studies. Working for a number of years in Botswana and Tanzania on various sustainable energy projects, Rob’s background was particularly instrumental in providing real life context for the study of innovation, energy and climate policy. And in this episode of the IMPACTED podcast Rob talks about just how complex the process of adopting new innovations and technology can be.
In 2014 Professor James Fairhead's research played a crucial role in responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. An epidemic with many similarities to the current Covid 19 pandemic, Ebola threatened both the physical and social body of the infected regions. In this episode of the Impacted podcast we hear about how understanding Human behaviour and cultural motivation is an essential part of mitigating the spread of any disease.
James Fairhead is a Professor Of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on environmental and medical anthropology and he has conducted extensive fieldwork principally in West and Central Africa.
The researcher would like to further thank all those involved in the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform, including Professor Melissa Leach (@IDS), Melissa Parker (@ the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and Dominique Millimouno for his research scoping exercise that ERAP supported.
In our latest episode of Impacted, we’re exploring the world of textual analysis, social media and big data with David Weir, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sussex. Research carried out by the Text Analysis Group lab, which David co-founded, revealed that anti-Islamic hate speech spikes on Twitter after acts of terrorism. This is just one of the many insights to come out of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, a collaboration between the University of Sussex and the think tank Demos, which uses Method52, software tools and methodologies developed by the Text Analytics Group.
Martin Yeomans is a Professor of Experimental Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange with the University of Sussex. He is founder of the Sussex Ingestive Behaviour Group, which conducts research on behavioural nutrition and explores how we develop a liking for different foods and drinks, and how we perceive flavour, among many other topics.
Yeomans has a long history of engaging with the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries internationally and has attracted over £3 million in grant income at Sussex to date. Listen to this new episode of our Impacted podcast to find out more.
Chris Sandom is a lecturer in Biology, specialising in rewilding and paleo ecology. His research seeks to reverse the decline in biodiversity through the restoration of natural processes, typically by species reintroduction, often referred to as rewilding. He won a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship which brought together a network of academics, farmers, policymakers, professional bodies and businesses to exchange knowledge and experience. He talks about his research and the fellowship, giving evidence to a government review and working with a graphic artist to share his research in innovative new ways.