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Podcasts by MSc Sustainable Development students

This year’s MSc Sustainable Development students have created a series of fantastic podcasts explaining the concepts of planetary boundaries and doughnut economics and exploring their relevance to different audiences. These have all been researched, recorded and produced by the MSc students (with some artistic license and creative role play – all the voices you’ll hear are the students’!).


The Intelligent Idiot’s Guide to a More Sustainable World: Doughnut Economics

Linda Bird, Chethan Chamrajnagar Vishwanath and Hannah Hayes

Our podcast is for listeners interested in climate change and environmental sustainability, but with no specialist knowledge in this area. We explore a different sustainability topic each week and discuss how this might give our listeners insight into how to live their lives in a more sustainable way.


Doughnut Economics for Entrepreneurs

Megan Strahle, Luis Ware and Beth Whittaker

By definition, entrepreneurs seek to satisfy an unfulfilled need - ordinarily, in the pursuit of financial profit. But, what if the rules are changed, and profit is no longer centre-stage? In this episode we discuss how entrepreneurs can adopt an alternative framework, called doughnut economics, in order to develop a sustainable business. Luring entrepreneurs away from neo-liberalism, and towards doughnut economics, might be crucial in moving society towards a sustainable future. If you are an entrepreneur interested in people, the planet, and profit, join Meg, Beth, and Luis, as we look to discuss these ideas.


Farmcast: Doughnut Economics and UK agriculture

Andrew Green, Emmanuel Mwesigye and Rebecca Lea

The concept of Doughnut Economics can be applied to the UK agriculture sector, in attempt to promote sustainable farming practices. Current practices are damaging to the environment and consist of social inequalities, pushing us past the thresholds of the doughnut model. The framework will provide a baseline for both the individual and governing bodies to adjust to meeting the needs of society and environment without compromising resources for future generations. Examples of strategies that incorporate the framework are discussed, with analysis as to whether the responsibility to apply Raworth’s model should be a more top-down approach.


Achieving Equality: Doughnut Economics, Equality and Politics

Harriet Cole, Chloe Lawson, Felix Chan, Mollie Young

Our podcast discusses Doughnut Economics in relation to Equality and Politics. We explore how the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) has implemented this and the challenges around it. Topics include: Doughnut economics, planetary boundaries, gender equality, climate change, COVID-19. We chatted to Tom Chaigneau and Katrina Brown (member of WEP) for their insights into how Doughnut Economics can help achieve gender equality and practicalities of implementation. Our podcast audience is the general public who have interests in gender equality. Stakeholders involved vary from the general public asking questions, to a member of the WEP, and an expert in Doughnut Economics.


Planetary Boundaries – A Guide for Millennials

Sarah Harker, Georgia Quick, Duncan Williams and Sean Yuan

This podcast is made for, and by, Cornish (-ish) Millennials. In it we explore key environmental and sustainability challenges and how they are relevant to us. This week we’ll discuss the concept of Planetary Boundaries; what they are and what impact they are having.  We’ll travel from a wind turbine by the sea, all the way to China’s vast industrial base to find out if the decisions we make here in Cornwall are influencing the global climate, and what we can do to make a positive change.