Exploring Global Problems
4. Supporting Parents with Breastfeeding

4. Supporting Parents with Breastfeeding

June 1, 2021

Despite how natural it is to breastfeed, Professor Amy Brown’s research found that in the UK many parents are struggling with how we feed our babies. Many people think it is as simple as making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed their baby. From her own experiences and her research Professor Brown has found that too many parents encounter barriers to their choice to breastfeed.

 

In this episode of Exploring Global Problems Professor Amy Brown, with Dr Sam Blaxland unpacks research into how parents can be better supported in their decision to breastfeed and how challenges and barriers can be overcome for those who decide to.

 

The work of Professor Amy Brown and her team in the Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Research (LIFT) aims to provide parents with the support and resources they need. Coming to this topic from a Psychology background her research explores the Psychological impacts of the barriers that parents face when choosing to breastfeed.

3. Digital Inclusivity

3. Digital Inclusivity

May 25, 2021

In this episode of Exploring Global Problems, Professor Tom Crick (Professor of Digital Education & Policy), and Dr Yan Wu (Associate Professor in Media and Communication), examine digital inclusivity. They discuss digital education, including how to become digitally confident and capable citizens in a data-driven and computational world; how digital education supports wider work across the digital economy, infrastructure, society and culture; and the issues of inclusion and accessibility, and especially sensory impaired people’s access to and usage of digital media in Wales.

 

Professor Crick has been heavily involved with curriculum reform in Wales over the past 10 years, with a specific focus on STEM education and digital skills. In 2017, he was appointed MBE for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education” and was awarded the 2020 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award for “Leading the Future of Science & Technology Education in Wales”. Professor Crick is also a Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales (2018-present), as well as previously an expert panel member for the Welsh Government’s Review of Digital Innovation in the Economy and the Future of Work (2019).

 

Dr Wu’s research in the past 10 years focuses on the impact of digitalisation of services and information on the welfare of sensory impaired users in Wales. It highlights how increasing digitalisation brings not only many benefits, but also risks of exclusion, and possible widening of the existing digital gaps. Dr Wu and her research team conducted empirical research combined with related engagement with end-users and beneficiaries, which has had a substantive influence on digital inclusion policies and practices in Wales. Specifically, the research work has helped shape and promote new media practices within broadcasting organisations in 2014. The recent research with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in 2018 has also influenced digital inclusion policy initiatives of government bodies, non-profit and non-governmental organisations.   Dr Wu represents Swansea University as a member for Wales Vision Strategy 2018-2021.

2. Responding to COVID-19 using Big Data

2. Responding to COVID-19 using Big Data

May 19, 2021

In this episode of Exploring Global Problems, Professor Ronan Lyons discusses with Dr Sam Blaxland how anonymised big data is used to help tackle all manner of health and well-being challenges and how this expertise informed Government Response to COVID-19.

In a hard-hitting interview, Dr Blaxland explores what next? When can we expect to be back to normal? And were the sacrifices of peoples liberties and freedoms the right call?

The work of Professor Ronan Lyons and his teams at Swansea University focus on using anonymised health data in order to help inform policy makers and practitioners across Wales, the UK and globally.

Led by Professor Ronan Lyons, Professor in Public Health, Patient and Population Health Informatics researchers at Swansea University used their insight and expertise to help inform Welsh Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their expertise actively helping respond and bring the pandemic under control in Wales.

1. Political Engagement, the Internet and Elections

1. Political Engagement, the Internet and Elections

April 29, 2021

Welcome to season two of Exploring Global Problems. In this episode, Associate Professor in Politics Dr Matt Wall, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Dr Richard Thomas, and Professor of Politics Jonathan Bradbury discuss their work on political engagement, the internet and public opinion, devolution, and whether reporting of political issues is helping citizens to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

Dr Wall’s expertise is the intersection of the internet and electoral politics, including online campaigning, the emergence of ‘vote advice’ websites, and political gambling. He also researches sub-national political parties, with a particular focus on how they are responding to the challenges posed by Brexit to the UK’s devolution settlement.

Dr Thomas’s research concerns political communication, alt-media and the coverage of elections. He is the co-author of “Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage”. His interests include the degree to which citizens are served by both mainstream and alternative media.

Professor Bradbury’s research focuses on the territorial politics of how the UK is governed, relating both to devolved and local government. His interests include the quality of regional democracy, principally in relation to the UK and Wales. 

14. Protecting endangered species - using tracking data to prevent poaching

14. Protecting endangered species - using tracking data to prevent poaching

February 5, 2020

Zoology professor Rory Wilson talks about how his research helps to prevent endangered animals being poached. Rory explains how he tracks the movement of endangered species using electronic tags and how this data is used to protect them. He helps humans and animals to successfully cohabit and analyses the impact of the human environment on animal behaviour. Rory talks about his fascinating work with penguins, albatross, elephants and tortoises.

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.

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.