The Global Lab

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Faced with more and more unfamiliar hazards, planners and governments want to know whether their preparations are sufficient. Citizens are increasingly asking the same questions. We hear from Dr Hitomi Nakanishi (University of Canberra) and D
Our theme for this episode is “Seeing Cities”. We hear about two very different ways of looking at a city, making connections across space and time, and allowing us to understand the urban environment and its history in new and unexpected ways.
In February and March, many Universities across the United Kingdom were affected by the largest wave of industrial action to hit the sector for many years. For this episode of the Global Lab, we spoke to Tony Brown and Sean Wallis from UCL's Un
As part of a new strand for the Global Lab, this month's podcast features a roundtable discussion with researchers from CASA about the relationship between Science Fiction and technology. The short story discussed in this episode, "The Gernsba
We spot some of the biggies hidden right before our eyes. Featuring Tim Causer, Max Colson, and Alex Mankoo. --- Produced by Martin Zaltz Austwick, Hannah Sender, and Oliver Marsh. --- Visit or follow us on twitter
We look at visions of future domestic bliss through the eyes of engineers, researchers, and historians. Peter Childs talks internet of fridges, Kaisa Puustinen helps us discover our emotional side, and Michael Hebbert sees the future through th
Our theme for this episode is "pinning it down", the importance of labelling, classification and definitions in the fields of cities research, mapping and technology, with a literary sidestep into the eighteenth century for good measure. Our g
In this March episode of Global Lab, we take a look at two major events celebrated on 8 March: International Women’s Day and the 99th anniversary of the February Revolution in Russia. We have been inspired by the events of the February Revoluti
Bees, urban gardening in skips and the carbon footprint of a Valentine's Day feature in the 'Other side of St Valentine'. YouTube wildlife presenter Maddie Moate ( tells us about her passion for bees (see
We’re slap bang in the middle of panto season, so this month The Global Lab becomes The Global Stage, looking at the connections between our usual themes of cities, space and global networks and the world of the theatre. Treading the boards wi
Mud, mud, glorious mud - and glorious dust, smells and mould too - feature in Dirty City. Kate McLean ( tells us about Smell Maps of cities (which you can see at, Jay Owens (http://twitter.
Our guests today sift the wheat from the chaff, the signal from the noise. Featuring Ian Rawes from the London Sound Survey , Andy Linehan and James Tugwell from the British Library Sound Archive
The Death of Distance arrives in the present day with Jen Kavanagh (@_jen_kavanagh) destroying distance between curators and audiences at the Science Museum, Xinyuan Wang (@amberwanguk)discovering the way that Chinese migrant workers use social
Rumours of the death of distance have been greatly exaggerated since 1515. Chiara Ambrosio talks Clara the Rhino, Catherine Beck tells us about the perils of a Patron on the High Seas, and Javier Sajuria (@jsajuria) explores 21st century onlin
This month, we count heads with our experts - Carl Cullinane from Democratic Audit at LSE, Cecilia Lantana Briones (also from the LSE) and Duncan Smith from closer to home at CASA. Carl Cullinane can be found on Twitter at @CullinaneCarl. Read
We explore The Third Age of humankind and of the internet, with the help of Yvonne Rogers, Russell Hitchings and Martin DeJode. This month's episode was produced by Mike Fell (@mikefsway), Charlotte Johnson (@charloJohnson) and Oliver Marsh (
This episode we go out in the field with Daniel Raven-Ellison telling us about, Matt Pennells talks about his work for, and Anna Ploszajski talks about taking the hydrogen economy to
In this episode, we look at love - from the point of view of a mathematician trying to figure out their love life, a film-maker exploring the way the state exploits love, and an energy expert researching how family ties can influence climate ch
This episode, we look at Crossing Borders - with Rob Levy from CASA, anthropologist Tomoko Hayakawa, and Sadie Boniface from Epidemiology and Public Health. Produced by Martin Zaltz Austwick with interviews by Charlotte Johnson and Carina Schne
We explore disobedient cities with Marie Curie Fellow Shlomit Flint and her investigations into Whitechapel, University of Essex Lecturer Gavin Grindon and the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A museum, and CASA PhD student Flora Roumpan
In this themed episode of Global Lab, neurogeographer Panos Mavros talks panic on the streets of London, James Kneale explains HP Lovecraft's fear of cities, and Thomas Oleron Evans chats to mathematician Peter Baudains about the mathematics of
Physicist Damien George talks about visualising the cosmic microwave background( and the arxiv, Physics' open source behemoth ( --- Damien George is a theoretical physicist at the Centre for Mathemati
Archaeologist Paul Wordsworth talks to Thomas Oléron Evans about how he uses spatial technology, including geographic information systems (GIS), on expeditions in Central Asia. --- Paul Wordsworth is a research officer in the Oriental Institu
Johanna Kieniewicz talks about her curation of the current Beautiful Science Exhibition at the British Library. --- Johanna Kieniewicz works on the BL Science team, and is @johannaKz on twitter. The Beautiful Science science exhibition runs a
Ed Manley, from CASA, UCL, talks to Thomas Oléron Evans about his work modelling the way that people choose their routes for moving from place to place in a city. --- Ed Manley is a research associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analys
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