54 episodes

Exploring who we are, how we got here and where we are going. Australia’s top social scientists in conversation with journalist Ginger Gorman. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Seriously Social Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    • Society & Culture

Exploring who we are, how we got here and where we are going. Australia’s top social scientists in conversation with journalist Ginger Gorman. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

    Does sport unite or divide us?

    Does sport unite or divide us?

    Australians love sport. It’s healthy, fun and brings the community together for a common goal. Or so we’re told. But what happens when our national obsession with sport causes division in the community? And who is left out of the game altogether? In this episode of Seriously Social, Emeritus Professor David Rowe explains how involvement in sport can be so contentious it has started a war while author and host of The Outer Sanctum podcast, Nicole Hayes, discusses the benefits to the wider community that occur when marginalised voices enter the conversation about sport.

    Useful Links

    Honduras vs El Salvador: The football match that kicked off a war BBC News
    The day Cathy Freeman flew the flag and flagged the future The Sydney Morning Herald
    Australian Citizenship: Our common bond Department of Home Affairs
    Kick It Out
    Reclink

    • 24 min
    Elizabeth Reid talks women, advocacy and change in Australia

    Elizabeth Reid talks women, advocacy and change in Australia

    It’s our 50th episode and we are celebrating this milestone with an extra-special interview with the first women’s advisor to a head of government anywhere in the world. Elizabeth Reid AO, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a former visiting Fellow at the Gender Relations Centre and Department of Human Geography at ANU, was appointed in 1973 to advise then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the changes in policy that the women of Australia were desperate to see implemented. From placards and protests to the halls of power, Elizabeth Reid takes us through the ways in which women have tried to make society sit up and listen, and the challenges of being a figurehead for a social movement for change.
    Watch our extended interview with Elizabeth on our Seriously Social YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/SrPI3F2hCWs 
    Fill in our podcast survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BX33W8K 
    Useful Links
    Elizabeth Reid: Transforming adversity into impact ANU Gender Institute
    Women’s Liberation Movement
    International Women’s Year
    Milestones for Australian Women Since 1975 ABC News
    March4Justice

    • 27 min
    How much will climate change cost you?

    How much will climate change cost you?

    Would you switch to greener super if it meant more money at retirement? But is the benefit worth the hassle? As climate change makes itself felt in our everyday lives, we explore how our choice of superannuation fund can cost us in the long run if we don’t pay attention to climate-friendly investment now. In this episode, Professor Jacqueline Peel, Director of Melbourne Climate Futures talks about how it's possible to prompt climate action by strategic superannuation investment. Professor Wai Fong Chua also reveals just what it will take for big businesses to disclose climate-related material risk.
    Useful Links
    “REST super fund commits to net zero emission investments after Brisbane man sues” ABC News
    Melbourne Climate Futures University of Melbourne
    The Paris Agreement United Nations Climate Change
    Market Forces

    • 23 min
    Paid Parental Leave – who is left holding the baby?

    Paid Parental Leave – who is left holding the baby?

    When you think back to your childhood, who do you remember spent the most time doing the day-to-day care? The most common answer to that question historically, would be mum. But in 2022, is that beginning to change? In this episode, Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Marian Baird, (University of Sydney), discusses Australia’s current Paid Parental Leave schemes including how they work, what needs to change and how can we learn from other schemes. 
    Useful links:
    Dad days: how more gender-equal parental leave would improve the lives of Australian families by Grattan Institute
    Early Childhood Australia 
    Gender equality and paid parental leave in Australia: A decade of giant leaps or baby steps? by Marian Baird, Myra Hamilton and Andreea Constantin 
    PPL Evaluation Report by the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland 

    • 27 min
    Thinking differently about drugs

    Thinking differently about drugs

    Are you one of the 50% of Australians who have tried an illicit drug? Or do you believe all drugs should be illegal? The field of drug policy is in a state of flux. Whilst drugs are being legalised in some parts of the world, other countries are cracking down. In this episode, Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the UNSW Drug Policy Modelling Program, explores Australia's drug policies: who makes them, who influences them, and who is being left out of the discussion?
    Useful Links
    Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of Sydney
    Australian Institute of Criminology

    • 26 min
    Burnout: Do you have the grey dog?

    Burnout: Do you have the grey dog?

    Feeling burned out? It’s not surprising: experts say we all have a 30% chance of experiencing it. (Sorry to doctors, teachers and others in caring professions: your chances are way higher.) In this episode, the founder of the Black Dog Institute, Professor Gordon Parker, explains what burnout is, why it’s often misdiagnosed, and which personalities are most at risk of experiencing this syndrome which can impact our relationships, personality, and brain function.
    Useful links:
    Burnout: A guide to identifying burnout and pathways to recovery by Gordon Parker, Gabriela Tavella and Kerrie Eyers
    The Carers Club
    Lifeline: 13 11 14

    • 25 min

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Shawn Johnson + Andrew East
CNN
American Public Media
This American Life
iHeartPodcasts
Glennon Doyle & Cadence13

You Might Also Like

ABC Radio
ABC Radio
ABC Radio
ABC Radio
ABC Podcasts
ABC Podcasts