Researcher in Focus podcasts

Meet the researchers that call the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences home, and explore their work and what inspires them.

Dr Jonathan Arlow

Dr Jonathan Arlow is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Politics. His current research project is a comparative evaluation of Sinn Féin as an all-island party since the Great Recession.

In this episode, he talks about his research into Sinn Féin's political strategies, his journey to the University of Liverpool through the Horizon Europe-funded Marie Curie Fellowship, and the opposition to the burgeoning far-right movement in Ireland.

Download the Dr Jonathan Arlow podcast transcript [Word doc 48kb]

Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova

Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova is a Reader in Global Journalism and Media in the Department of Communication and Media. Vera's work focusses on global journalism, its current state worldwide, and the safety of journalists around the world. 

Find out what dangers journalists face around the world, who has the most press freedom, and what the comments really said about Donald Trump.

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Dr Eduardo Coutinho

Dr Eduardo Coutinho is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Music. In this podcast, Eduardo tells us about his fascinating research into the emotional impact music can have on its listeners, and how this can affect our mental wellbeing and cognitive performance, and what the social and clinical implications of these may be

Download the Dr Eduardo Coutinho podcast transcript [Word doc 46kb]

Dr Sophie Jones

Dr Sophie Jones, from the Department of History, tells us all about her work exploring the social and cultural development of the North American colonies and how this shaped political identities during the American Revolution.


Download the Dr Sophie Jones podcast transcript [Word doc 43kb]

Dr Mary Booth

Dr Mary Booth tells us all about her research interests, including the study of the interpretation and memorialization techniques surrounding the representation of historical atrocities, as well as her work as Programme Manager for the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS).

Download the Dr Mary Booth podcast transcript [Word doc 49kb]

Dr Stella Morgana

In this podcast, Stella, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics, explains her work researching the gig economy in Iran and the wider Middle East, as well as how climate change is appraoched across the region.


Download the Dr Stella Morgana podcast transcript [Word doc 47kb]

Dr Sarah Arens

Dr Sarah Arens, Lecturer in French at the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film, tells us all about her wide research interests, including the histories, texts, and visual cultures produced during and in the aftermath of Belgian and French colonialism.


Download the Dr Sarah Arens podcast transcript [Word doc 47kb]

Professor Susan Pickard

Professor Susan Pickard is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. Here she explains her work exploring ideas around health, age, gender and ethnicity and the exciting collaborative studies she has coming up.

Download the Professor Susan Pickard podcast transcript [Word doc 55kb]

Dr Nicolás Brando

Nico is a Colombian social and political philosopher based at the School of Law and Social Justice. After much hopping around the world, he has ended up working on philosophical and legal questions around childhood and children’s rights, and in this podcast he explains the many and fascinating questions this topic contains.


Download the Dr Nico Brando podcast transcript [Word doc 38kb]

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