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Public Policy|Southampton's Policy Pod increases knowledge and understanding of Southampton researchers and experts confronting critical issues in the domestic and foreign policies. Tune in to our podcast series available on different streaming platforms.



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QuantMig: Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy, featuring Professor Jakub Bijak

In the first episode, Giles is talking to Jakub Bijak , Joint Head of Social Statistics and Demography and Professor of Statistical Demography, about QuantMig project which tackles the problem of complex and uncertain migration. Across Europe, migration is a top policy area, where many policy actions and decisions are taking place. The project aims to achieve the understanding of European migration flows by advancing the methodology of scenario generation. Tap into our channels above to listen to Jakub and QuantMig project work.

ENABLE, featuring Dr Lynn Calman

In the second episode, Giles is talking to Dr Lynn Calman , Deputy Director Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, about ENABLE study which aims to understand the importance of self-management support in people living with cancer. Advances in treatments have massively impacted lives of people living with advanced cancer. On the other hand, it is important for patients to acknowledge what impacts their wellbeing. To learn more about the study, tap into our channels above and listen to Lynn and Macmillan Group work.

Teens Experiences of COVID-19 (Tec-19), featuring Professor Mary Barker

In the third episode, Giles is talking to Professor Mary Barker , Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Science at the University of Southampton. Mary has been working on young people's mental health and wellbeing over the last year. The project TEC-19 have made clear how challenging the pandemic has been for young people's mental health. TEC-19 has expanded to mirror studies in India, Ghana, Ethiopia and Canada. To learn more about the study, tune into the podcast and visit TEC-19 project, Instagram page .

Green Recovery, featuring Dr Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada

Green Recovery has been adopted as a term proposing a package of environmental, regulatory and fiscal reforms to recover the prosperity after the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fourth episode, Giles talks to Dr Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada , Associate Professor at the Southampton Business School. Pawan explains the role of micro entreprenurship and why gong green links with a better company performance. He is also a co-founder of iPowerz , the global entrepreneurship platform that serves to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit worldwide.

RESIN project – Analysis describing COVID-19 research funding, featuring Dr Michael Head

In this episode, Giles, the Director of Public Policy|Southampton, sits down with Dr Michael Head , co-creator of RESIN , Research Investments in Global Health Study. This project systematically maps the global landscape of research funding, comparing levels of investment with burden of disease, and giving valuable insight to policymakers, funders and researchers on areas of research strength, knowledge gaps and future priorities. COVID-19  has been a challenging year, with many researches and projects put on hold due to funding cuts. To find out more about the funding environment during the pandemic, tune into this episode.

WorldPop data to support fights against COVID-19, featuring Professor Andy Tatem

In this episode, the Director of Public Policy office, sits together with Professor Andy Tatem , Professor of spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton and is the Director of WorldPop - an open Spatial Demographic Data and Research. Tune in to learn more how WorldPop data and research methods, helped decision makers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In this episode, Giles talks to Professor Neil Bressloff about TAVI , transcatheter aortic valve implantation used in the treatment of aortic heart valve disease. Degenerative heart valve disease is a growing problem in the ageing populations of Europe and North America. Also, tens of millions of people in low- and middle-income countries of the global south, experience valve failure following bacterial throat infections. Importantly, so-called, rheumatic heart valve disease affects large numbers of adults of all ages in these poorer parts of the world. Tap into our channels above and listen to Prof. Neil and about this research .

PeRSo respirator and work during COVID-19

Paul Elkington, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Southampton, alongside Giles, Director of Public Policy|Southampton, were invited to chat about the developement of the ground-breaking PeRSo respirator and Paul's work during COVID-19. The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has awarded the University of Southampton team behind PeRSo - Personal Respirator Southampton - with a President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service for exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19 throughout the UK. Both Professor Elkington and his colleague Hywel Morgan have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to medicine and services to biomedical engineering respectively. Click here and tune in to learn more about PeRSo.

The UK Innovation Strategy and UK Universities

In this conversation, Gavin Costigan , Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology , is joined by Professor Mark Spearing to discuss the new UK Innovation Strategy. Professor Mark Spearing , Vice President of Research and Enterprise at the University of Southampton, gives us a broader understanding of the Strategy and its implications for UK universities. This episode has been kindly provided by the Foundation for Science and Technology . Click here to listen to this episode.

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