16 episodes

The Louder than Words Podcast is encouraging difficult discussions, offering a platform to people making a difference and explaining how you can take action on issues you care about. We'll be covering climate change, mental health, migration, inequality and nature as therapy. Louder Than Words is being brought to you by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and CommsConsult. In each episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.

The Louder Than Words Podcast The University of Essex

    • Society & Culture

The Louder than Words Podcast is encouraging difficult discussions, offering a platform to people making a difference and explaining how you can take action on issues you care about. We'll be covering climate change, mental health, migration, inequality and nature as therapy. Louder Than Words is being brought to you by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and CommsConsult. In each episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.

    Patient Involvement Improves lives

    Patient Involvement Improves lives

    Research and practice in health and social care needs patients to be meaningfully involved in gathering evidence and making the decisions that impact their lives. This approach improves decision making and delivers better outcomes.
    Professor Jules Pretty speaks to Senior Research Officer Tracey Johns, Research Officer Sally Burrows and Professor Peter Beresford from the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex.
    As Sally and Tracey say: "Our work is about brokering conversations between everyone who has an interest in health and social care, especially those with the greatest needs and vulnerabilities. We listen to people in the streets, in cafes and in community centres. We listen to people through their trusted intermediaries."
    You can read more about their work in their blog at: www.essex.ac.uk/blog 
    Peter adds that COVID-19 has not helped patient involvement: "Among the many massive consequences of COVID-19 is its highlighting of the fragility of public and patient involvement in health and social care research. When we most needed the crucial evidence that comes from inclusive involvement, it wasn’t being collected."
    Again read more at: www.essex.ac.uk/blog 

    • 38 min
    The Babylab, children and nature

    The Babylab, children and nature

    Baby and child development are the focus of the latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast. Professor Jules Pretty looks at the work of the Babylab at the University of Essex, how it helps us understand the development of children and reflects on the impact of nature on children throughout their development.
    He speaks to Dr Maria Filippetti and Dr Silvia Rigato from the Department of Psychology and Dr Jo Barton from the School of Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences.
    They discuss how babies learn, the importance of fun, the impact of parental attitudes, the value of nature and offer advice and insights to listeners stemming from their research.

    • 34 min
    Saving our Seas

    Saving our Seas

    Professor Jules Pretty investigates the double crisis facing our seas - the climate crisis and the threat to biodiversity.
    He speaks to Dr Michelle Taylor and Dr Natalie Hicks from the School of Life Sciences at Essex and Essex graduate Simon Walmsley, Head of the WWF-UK Marine Programme. He also chats with writer and BBC presenter Tom Heap about his new book 39 Ways to Save the Planet and how we can all take action.

    • 38 min
    The Web of Life

    The Web of Life

    How important is nature to us? How has our relationship with nature changed over time? What does the future hold?
    Through the lenses of birds and trees, The Louder Than Words podcast investigates how we talk and feel about the natural world at this time of environmental crisis.
    Professor Jules Pretty is joined in conversation by:
    Professor Sean Nixon, from the Department of Sociology, writer of Passions for Birds: Science, Sentiment and Sport to be published by McGill-Queen's University Press. The book explores the shifting relations with wild birds within Britain and the wider Atlantic world from the first decades of the twentieth century to the late 1970s.
    Dr James Canton, from the Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS), His most recent book is The Oak Papers, a meditation on the human need for connection with nature which reflects on the relationship with an ancient oak tree.

    • 34 min
    Is Big Brother watching you?

    Is Big Brother watching you?

    In the latest episode of the Louder than Words Podcast, Professor Jules Pretty journalist Martha Dixon look at surveillance and the impact on our modern lives.
    Academics from the University of Essex explain how they are contributing to the debate; helping people understand their rights and also trying to work alongside innovators to explain the implications of their technology.
    Contributors include:
    Emmanuelle Andrews - Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty
    Professor Pete Fussey – Department of Sociology, University of Essex
    Dr Daragh Murray – Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex

    • 18 min
    This is our planet

    This is our planet

    In the latest episode of the Louder than Words Podcast, Professor Jules Pretty journalist Martha Dixon look at sustainability – in what we eat – and how we use our land. 
    Academics from the University of Essex show us how they’re helping farmers meet our needs while saving the planet. 
    Contributors include:
    Professor Christine Raines, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex
    Archie Ruggles-Brise, Spains Hall Estate, Essex
    Dr Tom Cameron, Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex
    Dr Patricia Lopez, Senior Research Officer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex
    Kenny Brown, Research Technician, Univesity of Essex

    • 19 min

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