Exploring Global Problems
13. Online Child Sexual Grooming: How can we develop social resilience to combat it?

13. Online Child Sexual Grooming: How can we develop social resilience to combat it?

January 29, 2020

Professor Lorenzo-Dus’s research focusses on the ‘dark side’ of social media, working to help combat individuals and groups looking to deceive, manipulate, exploit and incite violence. 

The research programme that Professor Lorenzo-Dus leads is called Developing Resilience against Online Grooming (DRaOG). She works with a team of linguists, criminologists, computer scientists and in partnership with law enforcement agencies and charities internationally. 

As part of the DRaOG programme they are identifying the manipulative tactics that adults use when seeking to sexually groom minors online, and – most importantly - using the results of this research to develop individual and social resilience against it.

12. Cancer treatment and eradicating malaria: what role can microbes play?

12. Cancer treatment and eradicating malaria: what role can microbes play?

January 22, 2020

How could bacteria be used to prevent the spread of malaria or Zika virus? Could this research also be used to treat or even cure cancers? Professor Paul Dyson explains how his research could be the next major advance in cancer treatment to Dr Sam Blaxland in this next instalment of our Exploring Global Problems Podcast.

11. Reducing carbon emissions: using algae to clean up industry waste fumes

11. Reducing carbon emissions: using algae to clean up industry waste fumes

January 16, 2020

Currently, there is a massive drive to solve global warming and to minimise the effects waste gases have on the environment. Dr Emily Preedy’s research focuses on using waste Carbon Dioxide to help grow algae to clean up waste fumes from local industry. Emily talks about her work, the many useful properties of algae and the little things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

10. Clean energy: revolutionary research to generate, store and use renewable energy

10. Clean energy: revolutionary research to generate, store and use renewable energy

January 8, 2020

Dr Ian Mabbett talks about SUNRISE, a project which aims to develop new materials for energy generation, storage and use that are integrated into buildings. The project takes ideas from labs into production, ideally locally where needed, then produces buildings that act as energy hubs across India, where 300 million people lack reliable 24/7 power. The work impacts on many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation; and responsible consumption and production.