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Sustainable Places Podcast

Bringing you conversations about our latest research and current issues.

Episode 1: Covid-19 and the Food System

Host: Alice Taherzadeh, PLACE

Guests: Dr. Hannah Pitt (PLACE), Dr. Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy (PLACE) and Dr. Poppy Nicol (PLACE)

Empty supermarket shelves, closed restaurants, increased demand for local veg boxes, farm labour shortages and food packages for vulnerable groups - food is clearly a key issue to consider in the current pandemic.

  • How do we produce enough healthy food for the population during a time of global pandemic?
  • Where are the vulnerabilities in the current system and how could it transform to be more resilient?
  • What impact is the crisis having on those who feed the food system?
  • How might emergency responses evolve into longer term changes?

We consider these questions in the first of a series of podcasts on the current pandemic and its impact on different areas of research.

PLACE Podcast Episode 2: Covid 19 and Economic Resilience

Host: Alice Taherzadeh (PLACE)
Guests: Prof. Gillian Bristow (GEOPL), Dr. Adrian Healy (GEOPL)

The global pandemic has quickly turned from being a public health crisis to an economic one, with an unprecedented, forced shutdown of almost every aspect of economic life threatening to present a considerable challenge to economies the world over.

The lockdown of the UK has resulted in furloughed staff, redundant workers, companies facing bankruptcy and a fall in economic activity the like of which has seldom been seen. Not all sectors are equally affected, and some might recover faster than others, so how might our economy change in the future? Crucially, how will the government choose to exit the lockdown? The decisions taken over the coming months will shape our economy for years to come. This podcast explores some of the lessons from research undertaken following the global economic crisis of 2008 to establish what makes some economies more resilient and able to cope with shocks than others. This provides interesting insights into the importance of understanding how everyone involved in the economy responds to the crisis now and into the future.