Science and Policy Podcast Series

Dr Rob Doubleday welcomes guest speakers from the University of Cambridge providing new insights into some of the major challenges society faces today.

Our first podcast series – produced in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network – aims to answer questions about our understanding of the current pandemic, including the epidemiology; on what basis governments are making current decisions; how much confidence we can have in the knowledge models are producing; and how to manage the uncertainties.


Science, Policy and Pandemics

  • Episode One: In our first episode, Dr Rob Doubleday speaks to infectious disease epidemiologist Professor James Wood and mathematician Professor Julia Gog for an overview of infectious disease modelling.
  • Episode Two: Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and Dr Alexandra Freeman of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication discuss what research has been done on the best way to communicate evidence and uncertainty and the relationship between expert advice and political decision making.
  • Episode Three: In our third episode, Professor Stephen Baker at the Department of Medicine and Dr Caroline Trotter at the Department of Veterinary Medicine discuss epidemiology and diagnostic testing for Covid-19.
  • Episode Four: Dr Daniela De Angelis, Professor of Statistical Science for Health at the University of Cambridge discusses how we're using models to understand the burden on the NHS posed by covid-19.
  • Episode Five: Dr Simone Schnall, Reader in Experimental Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Dr Sander van der Linden, University Lecturer and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory, discuss the psychological aspects of isolation.
  • Episode Six: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Psychology at UCL and Paul Ramchandani, LEGO Professor of Play in Education at the University of Cambridge, discuss how children and adolescents are experiencing and coping with social distancing.
  • Episode Seven: Dr Meredith Crowley, Reader in International Economics, University of Cambridge, and Dr Christopher Rauh, Lecturer in Economics, University of Cambridge, discuss the economic implications of Covid-19
  • Episode Eight: Dr Caroline Trotter, Epidemiologist, Univeristy of Cambridge and Professor Jon Crowcroft, Computer Scientist at the University of Cambridge, discuss the role of technology in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our podcast is available on all major podcasting platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Overcast FM, TuneIn, and Castbox. You can also listen to our episodes on Youtube.

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