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Placemaking Academy

Queen’s University Belfast and the Department for Communities have collaborated to create a 'Placemaking Academy', bringing researchers, students and practitioners together to improve placemaking, regeneration and urban development.
 
In this episode of the Shaping a Better World Podcast and video series, Dr Neil Galway, Director of Postgraduate Studies in Planning in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Postgraduate student Jane Myers, and Gerard Murray, Director, Regional Development Office, Department for Communities discuss the project.

Series: SHARED ISLAND FUNDING

Centre for Economics, Policy and History

Queen’s Management School, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Economics, has secured €3.8 million in funding from the Government of Ireland's Shared Island Initiative to establish the ground-breaking Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH).
 
In this episode of the Shaping a Better World Podcast and video series, Chris Colvin, Queen's University Belfast, and Gaia Narciso, Trinity College Dublin, discuss how their research, combining the tools of the historian and the economist, could contribute to policy making, and building capacity for future generations of researchers.

PUBLIC TALKS

Palaces for the People

Professor Eric Klinenberg of New York University discusses how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarisation and the decline of civic life.
From the 'Planning the Post-Pandemic City' online lecture series organised by Dr Neil Galway, Planning Department, School of Natural and Built Environment.

Inaugural Lecture: Professor John Gilliland on Carbon Farming

Hosted in partnership with IGFS and the Irish Farmers Journal. In a lecture entitled 'Carbon Farming: A farmer’s perspective of the journey towards Net Zero', Professor Gilliland lays out the case for an innovative, public private, carbon framework partnership.

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Polls and Political Communication, with Dr Frank Luntz

Dr Frank Luntz discusses Polls and Political Communication in this Shaping a Better World series video. For the Audio Podcasts, subscribe to Queen’s University Belfast – Shaping a Better World podcast on all the main platforms.

Hosted by Ryan Feeney.

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Polling and Politics: Dr Frank Luntz in Conversation

This is an edited version of a conversational event organised by the Queen’s Public Engagement Directorate and Queen’s Politics Society. Recorded on Thursday, 5 May 2022. 

Hosted by Eoin Cummings, President of QUB Politics Society.

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BELFAST REGION CITY DEAL PODCASTS

Episode 1: The Global Innovation Institute (GII)

In Part 1 of a series on the Belfast Region City Deal, Broadcaster Wendy Austin hosts a panel of experts on the Global Innovation Institute.

With: Dr Godfrey Gaston, Executive Director of ECIT; Professor Mark Lawler, Professor of Digital Health, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics; Peter Keeling is CEO of data analytics and precision medicine company Diaceutics PLC; and Dr Elizabeth Magowan, Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division, at AFBI. 

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Episode 2: The Institute of Research Excellence for Advanced Clinical Healthcare (iREACH)

Part 2 of our Belfast Region City Deal series. Wendy Austin discusses the work of iREACH with:
Professor Judy Bradley; Professor Stuart Elborn; Dr Michael Quinn (all Queen's University); and Dr Aiden Flynn, CEO of Exploristics Ltd, a Belfast based specialist in statistical and data analytics.

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The vision of Queen's University Belfast is to be a world class international university that supports outstanding students and staff, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge education and research, focused on the needs of society. In our 'Shaping a Better World' podcast series, we highlight some of the students and staff working to make that vision a reality.

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Previous episodes

In Conversation with Jonathan Powell

Professor Richard English welcomed Jonathan Powell, CEO of conflict-resolution organisation Inter-Mediate, and one of the negotiators of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, to the Great Hall for an 'In Conversation' event on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. Watch the video on our YouTube channel (below) or download the audio version from our podcast series.

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Reflections on Female Leadership

In Conversation with Leaders of the NI Executive and Civil Service, 10 May 2021

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University Belfast hosted ‘Reflections on Female Leadership’, an in-conversation event with the three women who hold the top political and administrative roles in Northern Ireland.

The First Minister, Arlene Foster, the Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, and the interim Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Jenny Pyper, shared their leadership journeys and experiences. The event was chaired by Professor Karen McCloskey, Director of Queen's Gender Initiative and Professor of Physiology at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. With an introcuction and conclusion from President and Vice Chancellor of Queen's, Professor Ian Greer. Watch the video on our YouTube channel (below) or subscribe to the Shaping a Better World podcast for the downloadable audio version.

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Partition and the limits of Irish commemoration: Reflections on 1921

Professor Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History at University of Oxford, delivered a keynote lecture on 'Partition and the Limits of Irish Commemoration: Reflections on 1921' on Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Watch the video on our YouTube channel (below) or download the audio version from our podcast series.

Following the lecture, Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast moderated a Question and Answer session, covering a broad range of issues and assessing the complex legacy of the events of a century ago.

Now available on all major podcast platforms as part of the Shaping a Better World series.

Beyond Coronavirus: How does the world recover?

Professor Henrietta Moore delivered a keynote address on 'Navigating our futures: Pathways to global prosperity in a post Covid world', with Professor Diarmuid O’Donovan as discussant, on 13 May, 2021. This was followed by Q&A chaired by Ann Watt, Director of Pivotal Public Policy Forum. Watch the video below, or subscribe to Shaping a Better World podcast for the audio version.

Sustainable Finance

In association with the Imagine Festival, the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University Belfast organised an event on Investing towards Biodiversity Sustainability and a Net-Zero Carbon World, Wednesday, 24 March 2021.

With Dr Theodor Cojoianu of Queen’s Management School, Martina Macpherson, Head of ESG Strategy Oddo  BHF Asset Management, Professor Jill Atkins, Chair in Financial Management at Sheffield University Management School, and Dr Ben Allen of the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

Now available on all major podcast platforms as part of the Shaping a Better World series - or you can watch the video here.

International Women's Day 2021 (IWD-Pod) series

To mark International Women's Day 2021, the FMHLS Gender Equality Team invited female staff and students across the Faculty to participate in a podcast interview about their experiences of work and family life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first episode, Beauty in a Digital Age, is embedded in this page.

Read more about the series, and listen to the other episodes, here.

All episodes are also available to download as part of the Shaping a Better World Podcast series on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts - or wherever you get your podcasts.

Please note, views expressed by participants in these programmes do not necessarily reflect the position of Queen's University Belfast.

Public Talks

Some of the great public talks organised by Queen's are available in this podcast series, from all major podcast platforms - and some are also available in video format, including:

Beyond Coronavirus: Vaccination and the Covid-19 Pandemic (with Professor Sheena McCormack, leader of the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine)

Mitchell Lecture 2020: After Remorse, the Impossibility of Repair, (Address by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, and interview with William Crawley)

Matthew O’Toole MLA: Confronting the Challenges to Northern Ireland’s Economy (hosted by Professor Richard English)

The Research Roundtable Series

Professor Emma Flynn interviews experts about the impact of the pandemic. For downloadable audio versions, subscribe to the Podcast; for more on the video series, visit this page.

Research Roundtable 1: Looking Out for Big Brother (cybersecurity and our health data).

Research Roundtable 2: Putting Bread on the Table (the sustainability of our food supplies).

Research Roundtable 3: Are we All in this Together? (the problem of inequality).

Research Roundtable 4: Covid and the Arts (the impact of COVID-19 on arts and artists).

Research Roundtable 5: The Health of the Nation (the pressures put on our health system by COVID-19).

Please Note: views expressed by panellists in these programmes do not necessarily reflect the position of Queen's University Belfast