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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

POLIS's multidiscipinary ethos is reflected in the podcasts we create. Our podcasts discuss the difficult issues from perspectives as diverse as geopolitics, public policy, gender, and human rights. POLIS's professors, researchers and students have gathered experts from around the world to answer the questions that concern us all and some questions we've never even thought to ask.

Crossing Channels: 


Crossing Channels is a monthly podcast series produced by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy (Cambridge) and Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) to give interdisciplinary answers to today's challenging questions.

Hosted by Rory Cellan-Jones with guest experts from both research centres. You can subscribe to the Crossing Channels podcast feed and download each episode at the beginning of every month.



Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast


The cutting-edge human rights podcast from Cambridge University’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) has finished its sixth season. Tune in for eight brilliant episodes focusing on human rights in an age of new technologies. The episodes cover topics ranging from biometrics in border control and predictive policing to deep fakes, bringing together a diverse range of experts from academia, activism policy and industry with our regular panellists.

Episodes are available on all good podcast apps (Apple podcasts, Spotify), where you'll also be able to find episodes from all seven seasons. To comment on any episode, get in touch using these channels. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram



On Geopolitics:


Hosts  Suzanne Raine and Ali Ansari provide historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.

Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University. She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues, including postings in Poland, Iraq and Pakistan. She specialised in counter-terrorism and was a senior member of the UK government assessment community.  Ali Ansari is professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews in the UK. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple and Spotify.




Critical South:


Host Professor Lawrence Hamilton unpacks political theory in the context of the global south, to help people understand the political developments, ideas, events and issues of the day. 

For more information see the Critical South website at

Available to listen and subscribe to on Podcast Guru and Spotify.





Taking Politics: Final Episode 03/03/22


Corbyn! Trump! Brexit! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting. Talking Politics is the podcast that will try to make sense of it all. Each Thursday, in Cambridge, David Runciman talks to his regular panel along with novelists, comedians, historians, philosophers - and even a few politicians - and ask them what they think is going on. Democracy is feeling the strain everywhere. What might happen next? How bad could it get? As the crazy stuff happens, Talking Politics is on it. It’s the political conversation everyone is having. Listen in.

South Asian Conversations podcast


In the Easter Term of 2020, the Centre of South Asian Studies released a series of podcasts featuring in-depth conversations with speakers at past seminars. You can subscribe to these from this page or from Apple Podcasts, Windows Podcast app, Soundcloud, Deezer or most major podcast hosting sites.

Rethink: Final Episode 07/01/22


Professor Jude Browne looks at how we tackle the concept of responsibility post-pandemic on BBC Radio 4's Podcast Rethink.  Rethink is a show about how the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. Thoughts from leading thinkers across the globe share their route maps to a better tomorrow.

Cambridge Policy Shop: Final Episode 05/21


A bi-weekly podcast which was created and produced by students of the MPhil in Public Policy programme at the University of Cambridge. This podcast looks at contemporary policy issues from around the globe and explores possible solutions through conversations with experts, academics and policy practitioners.