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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Cambridge Policy Shop


A bi-weekly podcast run 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



Episode Three

The Value of Social Infrastructure

As countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, the focus is being drawn towards physical spaces and community facilities that convene people and create a sense of belonging.

In this episode, hosts Ugo Dino Fonda and Mantasha Husain discuss with Tom Kelsey his new report called "The Value of Social Infrastructure." Co-authored by Dr Michael Kenny, it is seventh in a series of Policy Reports called ‘Townscapes’ by the Bennett Institute of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.





Episode Two

Of Floods and Droughts: Climate Change and Water Resources

Climate change has detrimental effects on one of our most fundamental resources, water, with low and middle-income countries disproportionately impacted. Increased frequency of extreme weather events - floods, droughts, groundwater depletion, and water insecurity - affect agriculture and infrastructure.

They can also have a domino effect leading to economic disruption, forced migration, and national security threats worldwide.

Hosts Morgan King and Jiven Sandhu speak to Dr Mats Eriksson, Senior Manager, Stockholm International Water Institute, Indra Singh, Director, Green India, and Virginia Somers and Holly O’Neill of the Cambridge Development Initiative to further examine the issue and offer policy solutions.




Episode One


Vaccine Passports: Light at the end of the tunnel?


As the world grapples with competing demands of re-opening and ensuring safety in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine passports have emerged as a possible solution.

Hosts, Hannah Marazzi and Anmol Singh delve into the various nuances of the issue with guests Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Dr Flavio Toxvaerd and Dr Nerea Irigoye. 


Juan Fernando López Aguilar is an MEP and Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. 

Dr Flavio Toxvaerd a Lecturer with a specialisation in economic epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. 

Dr Nerea Irigoyen is a Research Group Leader of the Division of Virology at the University of Cambridge.




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Meet the team


Valia Mitsakis 


Executive Producer, Trailer and Introduction Narrator


Morgan King


Producer, Episode Host


Mantasha Husain


Researcher, Episode Host


Hannah Marazzi


Researcher, Episode Host


Anmol Amar Singh


Outreach, Episode Host


Ugo Dino Fonda

Producer, Episode Host


Gurjiven Sandhu

Bookings, Episode Host