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Can we trust politicians? How do we ensure global food security? Who is eligible to compete in elite sports? These are the questions being answered by Swansea University academics in the next season of research podcast Exploring Global Problems.

In this 9-episode fourth season, Swansea University academics explain how their pioneering research is addressing global challenges.

In the coming months, listeners can tune in to episodes featuring academics spanning diverse disciplines. These experts will share their enthusiasm for their research, discuss their experiences in teaching students, and talk about their collaborations with partners.

Each episode offers insights into how their research positively impacts people's lives and fuels their achievements with this season also featuring a Welsh language episode with volcano expert Dr Rhian Meara.

Regular presenter Dr Sam Blaxland is returning to the series which kicks off on 7th May with Associate Professor in International Relations, Dr Luca Trenta, who will be uncovering how some states use covert action, with a spotlight on the US Government involvement in state-sponsored assassinations. Spanning the time period from the Cold War through to contemporary times, Dr Trenta will unearth the intricate dimensions of these clandestine operations.

Swansea University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Helen Griffiths said:

“I’m looking forward to our new "Exploring Global Problems" podcast season which will showcase the university's remarkable research activities through the voices of its researchers. Through their narratives, the series will highlight the societal impact of their work, illustrating how their research addresses the urgent challenges of both the present and the future.

“Research is, and always has been, at the heart of Swansea University.  In the most recent assessment under the Research Excellence Framework 2021, an impressive 86% of the University’s overall research received the highest ratings of world-leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research extends far beyond academia, making a tangible difference both locally and globally."

A new episode will go live every two weeks and listeners can find the podcasts by subscribing to the series on their preferred podcast provider or via the Swansea University website.

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