Exploring Global Problems
9. The gig economy - think you know the benefits? Think again.

9. The gig economy - think you know the benefits? Think again.

December 18, 2019

Is exploitative work becoming the new normal? Does the world of work have to be this way? Professor Geraint Harvey of Swansea University's School of Management deliberates new forms of work, which have become known as the gig economy, what they look like and how they impact the worker. Think you know the benefits to the gig economy? Think again.

8. Burn injuries are a disease of poverty: how do we tackle this global public health crisis?

8. Burn injuries are a disease of poverty: how do we tackle this global public health crisis?

December 11, 2019

The World Health Organisation has called it a public health crisis and burn injuries have been described as a “disease of poverty”. In this episode, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Professor of Human and Health Sciences Tom Potokar discusses his research into burn injuries and his work to improve their care and prevention in conflict environments and poorer parts of the world. Tom talks about working in countries such as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Nepal to improve the care of victims of burn injuries by building the capacity of those treating them.

7. Preserving heritage sites in conflict zones: does this help communities to recover?

7. Preserving heritage sites in conflict zones: does this help communities to recover?

December 4, 2019

Dr Nigel Pollard discusses his work on the protection of heritage in conflict zones around the world and why it is important from both a moral and philosophical perspective. In this episode of Exploring Global Problems, drawing on his work in places such as Syria, Egypt and Italy, Nigel explains how protecting heritage can help to rebuild communities broken apart by conflict. He talks about the importance of heritage sites to local and national economies and how armed forces on peace-keeping missions can win the support of local communities by respecting local heritage.