The Science & Belief in Society Podcast

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A podcast covering the latest research in the social study of science and belief, hosted by Dr Will Mason-Wilkes, Dr James Riley and Dr Rachael Shillitoe, and Dr Richard Grove, Research Fellows at the University of Birmingham. Each episode features Will, James, Rachael and Richard chatting to expert guests about their current research, how their disciplinary approach contributes to our understanding of science and belief in society and their sometimes meandering journeys into the field. We discuss the insights that various disciplines can bring to the study of science and belief in society, including history, quantitative and qualitative sociology, social psychology and media studies.

Season 2

In Season 2, coming soon, Rachael, Will and James are joined by new co-host Dr Richard Grove, a social psychologist and research fellow at the University of Birmingham. This season we bring you more cutting edge, multidisciplinary, international research covering all things science, belief and society.



Season 1

In the first season, recorded during 2020 lockdown, Dr Will Mason-Wilkes, Dr James Riley and Dr Rachael Shillitoe caught up with Network members from around the world to discuss their research and their academic journeys. In this first series, we speak to researchers based in the USA, UK, South Africa, India and Australia. Click on the guest’s name to be taken to the recording.

From time to time we will also launch special edition podcasts.

Our latest special is an interview with Dr Cary Funk and Dr Courtney Johnson from Pew Research Center. This was first published on 26 January 2021. Visit the link below to hear more.

Our previous special was a spin-off interview with Dr Tom Aechtner, which we published on 24 November 2020, as news broke about the proposed Covid-19 vaccine.

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