Science & Belief in Society Podcast

Listen to the podcast brought to you by the International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society

Welcome to our sound library – listen to the trailer

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. 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.

In episode one (launch date 20 October 2020) Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker introduces us to the International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society and explains its importance.

A new episode will follow every month. See launch dates in the images below, and click on the name in the image to be directed to the podcast.

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.

To keep up to date with new episodes, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook page. You can also enter our regular book giveaway. See below for details.

Book Giveaway

For the first 14 days after each episode launches we will be giving away a selected book to one listener. We will then select the winner at random and contact them by direct message to request postal details.

To enter, quote tweet us on Twitter. (Quote tweet is a retweet that has been made with a comment) and include the hashtag #sbsbookprize


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We will announce the winner on social media.

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Keep an eye on social media for more details about podcast launches as well as book prizes.


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