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You Need to Shut Up is a podcast created by me, Dr Jacqui Hoepner. I'm a researcher, writer, science communicator and policy analyst from Canberra, Australia.

YNTSU came out of my PhD research, in which I interviewed academics whose work had been attacked, silenced or constrained in some way. I wanted to know why their work was considered so dangerous, particularly as they thought they'd done 'all the right things.' They'd ticked all the boxes: ethics clearance, funding applications, peer review. But their work pushed the envelope/ jerked knees/ pissed the wrong kind of people off.

We like to think academic freedom is sacred-that society needs academics who are fearless and unfettered in pursuing the 'truth'. But my research revealed it's a little more complicated than that.

There are limits to academic freedom we don't know about-it's only when the envelope pushers get punished we realise they were there all along.

I'm talking beyond peer review: this isn't about critique or analysis. It's 'I don't like what you're saying and you need to shut up.'

You Need to Shut Up Dr Jacqui Hoepner

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You Need to Shut Up is a podcast created by me, Dr Jacqui Hoepner. I'm a researcher, writer, science communicator and policy analyst from Canberra, Australia.

YNTSU came out of my PhD research, in which I interviewed academics whose work had been attacked, silenced or constrained in some way. I wanted to know why their work was considered so dangerous, particularly as they thought they'd done 'all the right things.' They'd ticked all the boxes: ethics clearance, funding applications, peer review. But their work pushed the envelope/ jerked knees/ pissed the wrong kind of people off.

We like to think academic freedom is sacred-that society needs academics who are fearless and unfettered in pursuing the 'truth'. But my research revealed it's a little more complicated than that.

There are limits to academic freedom we don't know about-it's only when the envelope pushers get punished we realise they were there all along.

I'm talking beyond peer review: this isn't about critique or analysis. It's 'I don't like what you're saying and you need to shut up.'

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