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This podcast series explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. Each month we feature a book and an interview with its author. The interviews give an insight on what’s behind the book, the ideas, challenges and discoveries, and why it matters.


Series 2 has a particular focus on exploring the lived experiences of people affected by the issues discussed. Episodes are published on the first Wednesday of every month.


Send your comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.uk


Follow IDS on Twitter @IDS_UK


This podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King.


Music credit: Crypt of Insomnia/One Day in Africa (instrumental version)/Getty Images

Latest Episodes

The Politics of Green Transformations: Melissa Leach, Peter Newell & Ian Scoones

In recent years, climate change and the environment has shot up the agenda in political and public discourse, and a new type of politics has taken shape, with many people calling for urgent, radical change.In this month’s Between the Lines, IDS Director Melissa Leach, Professor Ian Scoones and Professor Peter Newell discuss their co-edited book, The Politics of Green Transformations. Drawing on international examples, they reflect on past transformations as examples of positive change and examine the factors that have contributed to recent heightened awareness and emergency narratives. They discuss the tensions between the need for urgent green transformations and issues of inequality, social justice and rights, and call on an evidence-based politics of hope, to drive humanity towards a sustainable, just future.Interviewing them is Andrew Simms, author, political economist, activist and the coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance.***Special 20% offer*** on book purchase! Use d...

45 MIN3 w ago
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The Politics of Green Transformations: Melissa Leach, Peter Newell & Ian Scoones

Power, Empowerment and Social Change - Rosemary McGee & Jethro Pettit

In this month’s episode of Between the Lines we discuss a new book that helps us to better understand how power works.Power, Empowerment and Social Change uncovers how power operates around the world, and how it can be transformed through collective action and social leadership.Discussing this collaborative work with IDS Research Officer, Katy Oswald are co-editors Rosemary McGee and Jethro Pettit.

30 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Power, Empowerment and Social Change - Rosemary McGee & Jethro Pettit

Putting Children First - Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere

Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa.Two-thirds of childrenin sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living conditions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence.One in five childrenin sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to grow up in extreme “monetary” poverty, meaning they live in families without adequate incomes to make basic ends meet.In this month’s episode of Between the Lines, IDS Researcher, Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere from the Policy Institute, Ethiopia, discuss their co-edited book “Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa” - authored by over .They outline some of the initiatives aiming to reduce child poverty and how they hope that this book will push the frontiers by challenging existing narratives, explorin...

23 MIN2019 NOV 6
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Putting Children First - Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere

1: Refugee Tales - Emma Parsons

This month we look at Refugee Tales, a series of books that bring together poets and novelists to tell the stories of individuals who have directly experienced Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. IDS' Kelly Shephard speaks with Emma Parsons who wrote “The Teacher’s Tale”, which is told from her perspective as an English teacher, giving support to a refugee detained under the UK immigration system.Links:Refugee Tales website: http://refugeetales.org/Comma Press, the publishers: https://commapress.co.uk/books/refugee-tales-volume-iiiRefugee Tales on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/refugeetales/The Guardian review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/23/refugee-tales-migration-books-ungrateful-refugee-our-city-dina-nayeri-jon-bloomfield-jonathan-portesReview of Emma Parsons' tale in EFL magazine: https://www.eflmagazine.com/book-review-refugee-tales/?fbclid=IwAR15zN-7IVq7HwST3ekr_rIaHEOWXHe0FZ1tVT1aqZZ_sG8wC7-autzGszwThis podcast is produced and edited b...

36 MIN2019 OCT 2
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1: Refugee Tales - Emma Parsons

12: Special anniversary episode

We're celebrating one year of --between the lines-- with a special episode that brings together clips from all the episodes across the series.This special episode showcases the range of speakers and wealth of ideas from the series, drawing out some of the key elements needed for progressive change.

22 MIN2019 SEP 4
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12: Special anniversary episode

11: Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India - Maya Unnithan

This month Hayley Macgregor speaks with Maya Unnithan, Professor of Social and medical anthropology at the University of Sussex, about her new book, ‘Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India'.Drawing on ethnographic research over the past eighteen years, Maya brings together the practices, experiences and discourse on fertility and reproduction in Northern India, into an overarching analytical framework on power and gender politics.Through its focus on development actors, civil society members as well as health providers, it brings out the diverse ways in which reproductive rights are both understood and imagined by the state and civil society and juxtaposes this with understandings and perceptions of those who are both subjects and objects of the state policies and NGO interventions.This podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukLinks:Book: http...

27 MIN2019 AUG 7
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11: Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India - Maya Unnithan

10: How Change Happens – Duncan Green

Whether you are an activist, campaigner, development practitioner, lobbyist, entrepreneur, individual or an organisation, Duncan Green’s latest book, How Change Happens seeks to understand how power and systems shape change, and how to influence them.In this month’s episode of between the lines, Duncan speaks with IDS researcher Jo Howard, offering the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.Download the Open Access book.Watch the short summary of the Power and Systems ApproachThis podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please Send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.uk

30 MIN2019 JUL 3
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10: How Change Happens – Duncan Green

9: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola

In this episode of between the lines, Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan activist, political analyst and author, speaks about her fascinating book ‘Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya’, about how the digital age and social media has impacted Kenyan politics, and the consequences for democracies across Africa, and beyond.While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya. Reframing digital democracy from the African perspective, Nanjala’s ground-breaking work opens up new ways of understanding the current global online era.Interviewing Nanjala is IDS researcher Tony Roberts.This podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please Send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukFollow @IDS_UK on Twitter and Facebook

26 MIN2019 JUN 5
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9: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola

8: Radical Help – Hilary Cottam

In this episode of --between the lines-- IDS researcher, Richard Longhurst, speaks to Hilary Cottam about her book: 'Radical Help: how we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state.'Radical Help is about new ways of organising living and growing that have been developed with communities across Britain. Hilary argues that our 20th century system is beyond reform and suggests a new model for this century: ways of supporting the young and the old, those who are unwell and those who seek good work. At the heart of this new way of working is human connection.Hilary studied at IDS, her career began with an international focus, working on programmes in Africa and Latin America. Many of her ideas and approaches stemmed from this international work.Resources:Transcript: https://www.ids.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/8.-Hilary-CottamRadical-HelpTranscription.pdf Book: https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/hilary-cottam/radical-help/9780349009087/Richard Longh...

30 MIN2019 MAY 1
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8: Radical Help – Hilary Cottam

7: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development – Ian Scoones

In this episode of –between the lines– IDS researcher Ian Scoones, talks to colleague Marina Apgar about his book, Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development, part of series of small books for big ideas.The book looks at the role of social institutions and the politics of policy, as well as issues of identity, gender and generation. Ian argues that integrated livelihoods approaches are an essential lens on questions of development, key to addressing challenges of poverty, inequality and environment, and a useful framework for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.Win a free signed copy of the book by rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes and send a screenshot of your review to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukSpecial offer Get 20% off Ian’s book via https://developmentbookshop.com/sustainable-livelihoods-and-rural-development with code: SLRD20Resources: Ian is co-director of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre: https...

24 MIN2019 APR 3
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7: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development – Ian Scoones

Latest Episodes

The Politics of Green Transformations: Melissa Leach, Peter Newell & Ian Scoones

In recent years, climate change and the environment has shot up the agenda in political and public discourse, and a new type of politics has taken shape, with many people calling for urgent, radical change.In this month’s Between the Lines, IDS Director Melissa Leach, Professor Ian Scoones and Professor Peter Newell discuss their co-edited book, The Politics of Green Transformations. Drawing on international examples, they reflect on past transformations as examples of positive change and examine the factors that have contributed to recent heightened awareness and emergency narratives. They discuss the tensions between the need for urgent green transformations and issues of inequality, social justice and rights, and call on an evidence-based politics of hope, to drive humanity towards a sustainable, just future.Interviewing them is Andrew Simms, author, political economist, activist and the coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance.***Special 20% offer*** on book purchase! Use d...

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Politics of Green Transformations: Melissa Leach, Peter Newell & Ian Scoones

Power, Empowerment and Social Change - Rosemary McGee & Jethro Pettit

In this month’s episode of Between the Lines we discuss a new book that helps us to better understand how power works.Power, Empowerment and Social Change uncovers how power operates around the world, and how it can be transformed through collective action and social leadership.Discussing this collaborative work with IDS Research Officer, Katy Oswald are co-editors Rosemary McGee and Jethro Pettit.

30 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Power, Empowerment and Social Change - Rosemary McGee & Jethro Pettit

Putting Children First - Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere

Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa.Two-thirds of childrenin sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living conditions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence.One in five childrenin sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to grow up in extreme “monetary” poverty, meaning they live in families without adequate incomes to make basic ends meet.In this month’s episode of Between the Lines, IDS Researcher, Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere from the Policy Institute, Ethiopia, discuss their co-edited book “Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa” - authored by over .They outline some of the initiatives aiming to reduce child poverty and how they hope that this book will push the frontiers by challenging existing narratives, explorin...

23 MIN2019 NOV 6
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Putting Children First - Keetie Roelen and Yisak Tafere

1: Refugee Tales - Emma Parsons

This month we look at Refugee Tales, a series of books that bring together poets and novelists to tell the stories of individuals who have directly experienced Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. IDS' Kelly Shephard speaks with Emma Parsons who wrote “The Teacher’s Tale”, which is told from her perspective as an English teacher, giving support to a refugee detained under the UK immigration system.Links:Refugee Tales website: http://refugeetales.org/Comma Press, the publishers: https://commapress.co.uk/books/refugee-tales-volume-iiiRefugee Tales on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/refugeetales/The Guardian review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/23/refugee-tales-migration-books-ungrateful-refugee-our-city-dina-nayeri-jon-bloomfield-jonathan-portesReview of Emma Parsons' tale in EFL magazine: https://www.eflmagazine.com/book-review-refugee-tales/?fbclid=IwAR15zN-7IVq7HwST3ekr_rIaHEOWXHe0FZ1tVT1aqZZ_sG8wC7-autzGszwThis podcast is produced and edited b...

36 MIN2019 OCT 2
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1: Refugee Tales - Emma Parsons

12: Special anniversary episode

We're celebrating one year of --between the lines-- with a special episode that brings together clips from all the episodes across the series.This special episode showcases the range of speakers and wealth of ideas from the series, drawing out some of the key elements needed for progressive change.

22 MIN2019 SEP 4
Comments
12: Special anniversary episode

11: Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India - Maya Unnithan

This month Hayley Macgregor speaks with Maya Unnithan, Professor of Social and medical anthropology at the University of Sussex, about her new book, ‘Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India'.Drawing on ethnographic research over the past eighteen years, Maya brings together the practices, experiences and discourse on fertility and reproduction in Northern India, into an overarching analytical framework on power and gender politics.Through its focus on development actors, civil society members as well as health providers, it brings out the diverse ways in which reproductive rights are both understood and imagined by the state and civil society and juxtaposes this with understandings and perceptions of those who are both subjects and objects of the state policies and NGO interventions.This podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukLinks:Book: http...

27 MIN2019 AUG 7
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11: Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India - Maya Unnithan

10: How Change Happens – Duncan Green

Whether you are an activist, campaigner, development practitioner, lobbyist, entrepreneur, individual or an organisation, Duncan Green’s latest book, How Change Happens seeks to understand how power and systems shape change, and how to influence them.In this month’s episode of between the lines, Duncan speaks with IDS researcher Jo Howard, offering the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.Download the Open Access book.Watch the short summary of the Power and Systems ApproachThis podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please Send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.uk

30 MIN2019 JUL 3
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10: How Change Happens – Duncan Green

9: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola

In this episode of between the lines, Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan activist, political analyst and author, speaks about her fascinating book ‘Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya’, about how the digital age and social media has impacted Kenyan politics, and the consequences for democracies across Africa, and beyond.While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya. Reframing digital democracy from the African perspective, Nanjala’s ground-breaking work opens up new ways of understanding the current global online era.Interviewing Nanjala is IDS researcher Tony Roberts.This podcast is produced and edited by IDS Communications Coordinator, Sarah King. Please Send any comments and suggestions to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukFollow @IDS_UK on Twitter and Facebook

26 MIN2019 JUN 5
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9: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola

8: Radical Help – Hilary Cottam

In this episode of --between the lines-- IDS researcher, Richard Longhurst, speaks to Hilary Cottam about her book: 'Radical Help: how we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state.'Radical Help is about new ways of organising living and growing that have been developed with communities across Britain. Hilary argues that our 20th century system is beyond reform and suggests a new model for this century: ways of supporting the young and the old, those who are unwell and those who seek good work. At the heart of this new way of working is human connection.Hilary studied at IDS, her career began with an international focus, working on programmes in Africa and Latin America. Many of her ideas and approaches stemmed from this international work.Resources:Transcript: https://www.ids.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/8.-Hilary-CottamRadical-HelpTranscription.pdf Book: https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/hilary-cottam/radical-help/9780349009087/Richard Longh...

30 MIN2019 MAY 1
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8: Radical Help – Hilary Cottam

7: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development – Ian Scoones

In this episode of –between the lines– IDS researcher Ian Scoones, talks to colleague Marina Apgar about his book, Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development, part of series of small books for big ideas.The book looks at the role of social institutions and the politics of policy, as well as issues of identity, gender and generation. Ian argues that integrated livelihoods approaches are an essential lens on questions of development, key to addressing challenges of poverty, inequality and environment, and a useful framework for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.Win a free signed copy of the book by rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes and send a screenshot of your review to betweenthelines@ids.ac.ukSpecial offer Get 20% off Ian’s book via https://developmentbookshop.com/sustainable-livelihoods-and-rural-development with code: SLRD20Resources: Ian is co-director of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre: https...

24 MIN2019 APR 3
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7: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development – Ian Scoones
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