As well as socially working on our respective PhDs Abi O’Connor and I are now producing a series of podcasts together for the University of Liverpool. Exploring how postgraduates like ourselves are responding to the Covid crisis in ways where the things we research can be of practical and local use, as the Liverpool City Region works on coping with and then recovering from the crisis we’re all in.

Doing this being part of a determination of our own that academic work such as we’re featuring should contribute to life, the living and the continuance of it around here, much like the work and commitments of so many have been doing since lockdown and beyond.

And the first episode of the series, basically our pilot where Abi has interviewed me, is now here for you to listen to.

Here’s how Abi describes what the series is about:

“The overarching theme of these podcasts is that the local is crucial. Local responses to outbreaks of Covid-19  have been the most effective. These include local voluntary organisations mitigating the impacts of real resource shortages and local socially trading organisations showing a resilience and a commitment to workers and communities that large corporations have mostly fallen well short of.

So this series is about trying to make sure ‘Build Back Better’ doesn’t become yet another slogan with no real meaning, especially for the Liverpool City Region and all of us who live and work here.”

Abi O’Connor, University of Liverpool

Several more episodes are already done, with more to come, and they’ll be available on here as the University publishes them.

So have a listen and let us know what you think?

Published by Ronnie Hughes

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place:

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  1. Very interesting podcast Ronnie. Makes me think about what Hirst Projects is doing, and why working in smaller places within the regions is more satisfying. I also loved hearing your voice for the first time!

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