The remote British village that built one of the fastest internet networks in the UK

Frustrated by the inability to get good internet, some Lancashire locals decided to dig a superfast connection in themselves.

Kira Allmann, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Oxford • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~24 min

Tags: internet interdisciplinarity broadband in-depth insights-series grassroots community lancashire

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis

A decentralised climate organisation, based on blockchain, could help get the world to work together to act against climate change.

Bernhard Reinsberg, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Glasgow • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: cryptocurrency interdisciplinarity climate-crisis climate-action blockchain paris-agreement

Bangladesh has saved thousands of lives from a devastating cyclone – here’s how

Cyclone Amphan was one of the worst cyclones to hit Bangladesh in modern times. But thanks to local action, many lives were saved.

Bayes Ahmed, Lecturer in Risk and Disaster Science, UCL • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: interdisciplinarity climate-crisis adaptation extreme-weather bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

Young dogs might be more similar to human teenagers than we think: new research

Dogs can behave like teenagers too. But it's just a passing phase – and the quality of the dog-owner relationship matters.

Lucy Asher, Senior Lecturer in Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: teenagers dogs pets interdisciplinarity adolescence

Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades

The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.

Rowena Banerjea, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment biodiversity history archaeology interdisciplinarity rewilding medieval-history deep-time

Rubbish is piling up and recycling has stalled – waste systems must adapt

Lockdown has exposed real problems with the circular economy which urgently need to be addressed.

Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus recycling interdisciplinarity food-waste lockdown waste rubbish circular-economy linear-economy

Green zones: a mathematical proposal for how to exit from the COVID-19 lockdown

One practical exit strategy from lockdown would be identifying green zones, and progressively joining them together once it is safe to do so. 

Bary S. R. Pradelski, Associate Member, Oxford-Man Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus herd-immunity modelling networks interdisciplinarity lockdown

Green zones: a mathematic proposal for how to exit from the COVID-19 lockdown

One practical exit strategy from lockdown would be identifying green zones, and progressively joining them together once it is safe to do so. 

Bary S. R. Pradelski, Associate Member, Oxford-Man Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus herd-immunity modelling networks interdisciplinarity lockdown

How to model a pandemic

Behind every government announcement, there is an army of epidemiologists predicting how the virus will spread, and how to beat it.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~17 min

Tags:  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  disease  new-coronavirus  interdisciplinarity  in-depth  insights-series

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