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The Diversity in Research Podcast

We talk to researchers, research mangers, authors and others about all things diversity and internationalisation in research and research management.

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Erasmus, Turing – and the future of global researcher mobility

First of all apologies for the poor sound quality on some parts of this recording!

As the UK announced its national researcher mobility scheme named after after the famous Enigma mathematician Alan Turing to be launched as the new EU mobility programme Erasmus was being launched we decided it was time for a chat about the two schemes and what it would do to researcher mobility and collaboration both within Europe and globally.

For that we talked to Nabil Ali. Nabil has worked as an advisor for Universities UK for a number of years and was part of their Brexit team and today is situated in Brussels working with research and higher education.

As this marks the launch of the two programmes the talk was speculative in nature, but touches on how essential international collaboration is to research and how difficult this is becoming to navigate for researchers and universities.

We were very fortunate that Nabil said yes to this, and we feel certain that researchers and research managers alike will enjoy this conversation as much as us.

You can learn more about Erasmus here.
You can learn more about the Turing scheme here.
You can follow Nabil Ali on Twitter at: @Nabil__Ali__

What do you want to hear more about in the podcast?

We are always looking for ideas to talk about and people to interview. So contact us if you have a theme, a topic, a report or something else we should cover, or if you or someone you know is doing something relevant to the podcast. 

We’re looking forward to hear about your ideas.

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Dive into former episodes of the podcast

  • What ARMA learned about being an inclusive organisation and the role of research managers and administrators.

    Jennifer Stergiou is the Director of Research Services at the University of Northumbria and the chair of ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) in the UK.  She took over as chair in the middle of the pandemic, so we had a chat with her about how that has been.

    The main reason for inviting her however was to discuss the recent revision of ARMA’s strategic plan including a special view on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Jennifer was very honest with us about what they learned about the organisation in a survey, how they have chosen to approach the topic of EDI and finally the role of research managers and administrators in promoting the EDI agenda in research and higher education.

    Whether you are a researcher working with research managers and administrators or a research manager and administrator yourself, you don’t want to miss out on Jennifer and ARMA’s reflections on EDI and internationalisation and how we move forward in research institutions, collaborations and national and international organisations like ARMA.

    Learn more about ARMA here:

    You can follow ARMA on Twitter: @arma_uk

    You can follow Jennifer on Twitter here: @JStergiou81

    Thanks for listening. Do please share, rate, review and follow us on Twitter @Divrespod .

  • Bibliodiversity: How academic publishing impacts the Global South – and what alternatives could look like

    We were intrigued when we heard about the term bibliodiversity and had to learn more. The result was this eyeopening talk with Dr Arianna Becerril-García. She is a professor at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and executive director at Redalyc.

    We talk about the differences in how we look at scholarly publications in the Global North and the Global South, how open access models are the standard in Latin America, how the current models promoted by the Global North are strengthening the current power relations in higher education and how it could look like.  And finally, we talk about what we can all do to make bibliodiversity work for international diversity, collaboration and justice.

    Since the interview bibliodiversity has become part of our vocabulary and a recurring theme in our conversations and adds new perspectives on the future of international research collaborations.

    You can read more about Arianna at her website
    You can follow her on Twitter at :@ariannabec

    The article discussed in the podcast can be found here:
    Decolonizing Scholarly Communications through Bibliodiversity

    Learn more about Redalyc:

  • The power of mentorship for LGBTQ+ researchers and software developers – a global perspective

    In the final episode of Season Two, we chat with Professor Alexander Serebrenik (Software Engineering and Technology cluster, Eindhoven University of Technology) and Senior member of technical staff, Reed Milewicz (Center for Computing Research, Sandia National Laboratories). Alexander and Reed met at a conference in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois where they built on their mutual interests as part of the LGBTQ+ communities. They are currently exploring the role of mentorship for software developers and engineers globally. We chatted to them about their research, some surprising outcomes and what mentorship might look like in this field.

    If you would like to take part in the study you can book an interview on this webpage:

    Alexander’s Twitter is: @aserebrenik
    Reed’s Twitter is: @rmmilewi 

  • Why do universities need an HR strategy for researchers?

    In this weeks discussion, we chat with Professor Dr Ludovic Thilly, Chair of the Coimbra Group and Professor of Physics at the University of Poitiers. We discuss Professor Thilly’s recent work developing HR strategies for researchers based on the presentation he gave at European Research & Innovation Days in September 2020. We talk about career paths and how we need to think differently about the role of a PhD and the problem of postdocs becoming “permadocs”. 

    We also specifically cover the topics of diversity and internationalisation, so we discuss the EU Commissions thoughts on mobility and how an HR certificate like HRS4R can help a research institution think through these issues and work with them to create more inclusive research environments. We also touch on the role of organisations like the Coimbra Group and the part they play in making research environments more inclusive and diverse. 

  • Finding your place: Being transgender in the STEM world – a conversation with Dr Clara Barker

    Dr Clara Barker is unique in that she is transgender and holds an academic research post at Oxford University. But how did she get there and what hurdles did she face along the way? In this fascinating chat, we learn about Clara’s accidental road into research and how she almost walked away. Now in her academic position, she works to promote transgender voices and LGBTQ+ inclusion across academia. Recently she has supported work by the Royal Society of Chemistry to produce toolkits which enable universities, researchers and teachers alike to ensure they create inclusive environments, paving the way for more LGBTQ+ people to be themselves and succeed in STEM and research more broadly. 

    You can follow Clara on Twitter (@ClaraMBarker) and her YouTube channel ( 

    The Royal Society of Chemistry toolkits can be found here: and the accompanying report here: 

  • Indigenous thinking and how it can save higher education – a conversation with Tyson Yunkaporta

    To start 2021 we chatted with Tyson Yunkaporta. Tyson is an indigenous activist, thinker and academic in Australia who challenges us all to think differently about the way we live and work. Indigenous communities around the world have lived in sync with the land and with each other for generations and these approaches to thinking and knowledge are profoundly different to what we might be used to. In this conversation we explore these ideas, how we can be more in tune with our surroundings and understand the power of simple and complex systems. Academia and the production of knowledge are key parts of the jigsaw of how the world works and we explore with Tyson how Indigenous thinking can change academia and what that means for knowledge. Prepare to be challenged, we certainly were!

    Tyson’s book can be found here:

  • Are bibliometrics and university rankings an obstacle for diversity? A conversation with Lizzie Gadd

    In this week’s podcast, we chat to Lizzie Gadd and explore how bibliometrics, citations and rankings can impact on the diversity of research and the research environment. Lizzie chairs the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Working Group. The group has recently examined the role of bibliometrics in the global research environment and has recently published a Rating the Rankers report, more details of which can be found here. The report and other research highlight the challenges and problems of higher education rankings, citations and what it means for diversity within the wider research landscape. In this chat, we discuss whether the current system is an obstacle for achieving diversity in research? We discuss solutions and how we can make changes to ensure diversity can be achieved. It is a fascinating chat, everyone involved in any way with higher education research should listen. There is a huge amount to reflect on.

    To know more about Lizzie’s work and potential solutions do check out the following resources:

    @LizzieGadd (Twitter)

    Lizzie’s personal webpage

    The SCOPE Process

    Thanks for all the engagement and support from our listeners this year. We have enjoyed the range of topics we have covered and look forward to what 2021 brings. We hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and we look forward to bringing you a new episode in early January. Keep an eye out for it!

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