Graduate Institute Podcasts Series

The Graduate Institute produces and participates in various podcast series that focus on key current global issues. Here’s an overview our current series.

What Matters Today

What Matters Today is a current affairs podcast series featuring Graduate Institute faculty commenting on the most pressing global issues impacting, economics, politics, health, and society.

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In Conversation With

In Conversation With is a podcast series in which we ask renowned experts and thought-leaders to address pressing global issues with a Graduate Institute faculty member.

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Parlons-en est une série de podcasts de l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement qui convie des experts, académiques et intellectuels, de renom à traiter des grands enjeux internationaux du moment avec des membres de sa faculté.

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Inside Geneva

Inside Geneva is a Swissinfo production in partnership with the Genève Vision media network and the Graduate Institute Geneva. The series goes behind the scenes of the international organizations in Geneva and provides a global picture of global issues, whether migration crises, human rights, health emergencies, or the future of the United Nations.

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Democracy in Question?

The Albert Hirschman Centre On Democracy podcast series Democracy in Question? explores the variety of democratic experiences and experiments the world over. Shalini Randeria, Director of the Centre, is in conversation with some of the most important voices in contemporary academia.

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Research-related podcasts


Focusing on research fieldwork, the podcast Fields series seeks to provide insights into the daily life of researchers, including not only their academic activity, but also their emotions, intimate stories, anecdotes, and lived experiences. 

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This series invites professors to discuss the details, the intellectual significance, and the practical import of the numerous scholarly debates we observe in the academic world.

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The designation “skunkworks” is widely used in business, engineering, and technical fields to describe a group within an organisation given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, with the task of working on advanced or secret projects. This podcast series is a way of getting insight into parts of research rarely discussed elsewhere than within the framework of research projects, for example survey question choice, decisions between archival holdings, statistical test options, etc.

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ABD Stories

Some fifty doctoral students graduate each year from the Graduate Institute. If pursuing doctoral studies always implies strategic choices with regards to the research topics, the path towards a thesis also remains a journey bespeckled with experiences and encounters. Because each path towards a PhD is unique, this podcast series is dedicated to the vagaries of doctoral students’ lives in Geneva.

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 things we want to know


Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 things we want to know is a podcast series produced as part of the LAWS and War Crimes research project, based at the International Law department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The podcast is hosted by the members of the research team: Paola Gaeta (the project lead), Marta Bo, Abhimanyu George Jain, and Alessandra Spadaro. Over the course of ten episodes, they will interview experts in various disciplines (science, law, ethics, etc.) who have studied and written about lethal autonomous weapon systems or LAWS. This podcast offers a multidisciplinary introduction concerning the challenges and problems raised by LAWS (or LAWS 1.0) to all those who have an academic interest in this topic.

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