Skip to main content
Unequal Worlds; an inequality research podcast

Unequal Worlds; an inequality research podcast

The Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) is a radically interdisciplinary research programme that views inequality as both a fundamental challenge to human well-being and as an impediment to achieving the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda.

In this podcast, we aim to explore and illuminate all aspects of global inequality and to investigate the possible ways of addressing these inequalities.
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Currently playing episode

#9 The Long Year

Unequal Worlds; an inequality research podcast

#10 Bonus episode: Science as a Site of Inequality
We are happy to be able to share a recording of this keynote session with you as an episode of our podcast Unequal Worlds. This keynote address was given by Prof. Leandro Rodriguez Medina (Department of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco, Mexico) and entitled: “On epistemic decentralization: challenges for knowledge infrastructures”. GRIP affiliate Dr. Susanne Koch (STS Department/Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, Technical University of Munich) together with Prof. Nelius Boshoff (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, Stellenbosch University) convened the workshop “Science as a Site of Inequality: An Exploratory Workshop for Sharing Evidence and Experience from Environment-Related Research Fields” (11.–13. May 2022). The hybrid event brought together scholars from all across the world to discuss how science itself is shaped by inequality – and how it could become a more inclusive space of knowledge production. The workshop was hosted by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studyand funded by the DFG Programme Point Sud. If you are interested in hearing more from the workshop, you are welcome to listen to this talk given by Nelius and Susanne as part of the CWTS Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series. Keynote: Leandro Rodriguez Medina Moderator: Susanne Koch *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  *************************************************** Cover photo by Andrew Stutesman on Unsplash
July 08, 2022
#9 The Long Year
2020 marked the start of several global crises the consequences and impact of which we are still attempting to comprehend and deal with, and inequalities are again on the rise worldwide. In this episode we dive into the newly published book The Long Year, edited by Caitlin Zaloom & Thomas Sugrue, which brings together some of the world’s leading scientists and incisive thinkers who grapple with the implications of the various crises of 2020, providing a sobering and critical analysis of the pre-existing conditions that lead to these crises, exposing the way inequalities have exploded and also offering suggestions for the ways forward – ways to reform, reconnect and rebuild a more equal future for us all. To talk about this book, we are lucky to have one of the editors, Caitlin Zaloom, with us. Caitlin is a professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. She studies the cultural dimensions of finance, politics, technology, and economic life. She is also the author of books Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost and Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London. *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
June 29, 2022
#8 Dimensions of Inequality: Food Insecurity
Food is at the core of the UN's development agenda for the 21st century and several SDGs explicitly focus on food system challenges. Food production, distribution and consumption are linked to inequalities in a myriad of ways, and in this episode we explore inequality through the lens of food. In this discussion GRIP's Elina Troscenko is joined by Ingunn Marie Stadskleiv Engebretsen; Professor, Centre for International Health at the University of Bergen and Hanne Rosendahl-Riise, Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen.  Hanne and Ingunn led the course Food Security for 8 Billion; Closing the gap with commitments, sustainable measures, and research during  Bergen Summer Research School 2022. Bergen Summer Research School is a partnership of NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, under the leadership of the University of Bergen. Every year, 100 PhD candidates are welcomed to take one of six parallel PhD-level courses, all based in some of Bergen’s best research groups, and each addressing important global challenges.  Follow Bergen Summer Research School on Twitter to get notified of next year's course!  *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  *************************************************** Photo by Tomas Hertogh on Unsplash
June 29, 2022
#7 Bonus episode: "Food as knowledge, interconnecting the Global South". SANORD 2021
The SANORD 2021 conference was hosted by the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bergen. The conference focused on how SANORD partners can use and strengthen partner­ships - with the aims of meeting the needs of the UN 2030 Agenda. GRIP was a contributor to the sub-theme “Epistemic challenges, intellectual labour and South-North partnerships” and we are now lucky enough to be able to publish the keynote by Maria Paula Meneses as a podcast episode.  Keynote "Food as knowledge, interconnecting the Global South" by Maria Paula Meneses Discussant: Pamila Gupta Moderator: Bjørn Enge Bertelsen  *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
December 28, 2021
#6 Bonus episode: Will global health survive its decolonisation?
The Centre for International Health (CIH) at the University of Bergen (UiB) hosted the 12th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Bergen, Norway 2021. GRIP’s executive director, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, led the plenary session “ Will global health survive its decolonisation? “ and we are happy to be able to share the recording of the session with all of you. Keynote “Power, privilege and coloniality in Global Health”  Dr Madhukar Pai Participants: Tammam Aloudat Lioba A. Hirsch Themrise Khan Bjørn Enge Bertelsen (moderator) *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
December 26, 2021
#5 Unequal Scenes: an interview with (inequality) photographer Johnny Miller
Johnny Miller is a photographer and multimedia storyteller based in South Africa and the USA. He is interested in exploring social justice issues from the ground and from the air, and his photographic project Unequal Scenes has garnered widespread praise and been featured in many of the world’s top publications. He is also the photographer behind many of the images we use in our material!  Few capture the contrast of inequality, and the way it some places is literally part of the infrastructure, as well as Johny Miller and his Unequal Scenes project. Photographs taken by drones clearly show us the borders between the wealthy and the poor - borders that, even though we know they are there, are not always immediately visible from the ground. Mentioned in this episode:  GRIP's project Imaging Inequality and an open call for visual artist. The NPO africanDRONE that seeks to empower local drone pilots. Miller's project Unequal Scenes. *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
December 09, 2021
# 4 "Why Some Development Works": Book launch with Meera Tiwari
We are happy to announce a new publication in the CROP book series International Studies in Poverty Research entitled “Why Some Development Works. Understanding Success” by Meera Tiwari.  This podcast episode is a recording of the webinar book launch of the book,  that GRIP hosted on the 30th of September 2021.  Using case studies from countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, Tiwari’s innovative approach offers a multi-layered understanding of poverty which provides insights into causal, enabling and impeding factors. A unique study based on extensive empirical research, Why Some Development Works will make essential reading for students and researchers studying international development across the social sciences, as well as humanitarian and development practitioners and policymakers.  Participants were:  Meera Tiwari, University of East London Rohini Mukherjee, Naandi Foundation Adnan Khan, London School of Economics Diana Skelton, ATD Fourth World Bjørn Enge Bertelsen (moderator), GRIP *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
October 25, 2021
#3 The pandemic, smart cities and technology inequalities; an interview with Jaideep Gupte
Smart cities with their digital technological innovations and application of information technologies are argued to be more sustainable, resilient, efficient and better able to respond to changing circumstances or challenges. But what does this narrative of technological development and smart cities actually entail, how have smart cities dealt with COVID-crisis and what can we learn from all this?  Dr Jaideep Gupte is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and leads “the Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure” Portfolio of the Global Challenges Research Fund. Jaideep’s research has received the Global Development Network Medal for Outstanding Research, and he was formerly Prize Fellow of the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai. He has conducted primary research in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal) and sub-Saharan Africa (Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria). Jaideep uses multidisciplinary approaches to understand the material, temporal, political and technological aspects of urban informality. This interview is part of the GRIP miniseries Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City. Dr Gupte's research seeks to foreground the voices and everyday experiences of the most marginalised urban residents. He has served as a consultant for a variety of donor agencies, UN Agencies, several urban local authorities and a range of NGOs. He is currently the Principal Investigator on ‘Smart Data for Inclusive Cities’ programme funded by the European Commission; a Co-Investigator of the Global Challenges Research Fund ARISE Accountability in Urban Health Research Hub; and the Principle Investigator of the ‘Governing the ungovernable’ programme funded by the Gerda Henkle Stiftung. *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  *************************************************** Photo: Urban Nightscape - Technology imitates landscape. Photo by Todd Cliff, Flickr.
August 20, 2021
#2 Vaccine Inequality
"This is not charity - this is global security".  Access and equal distribution of vaccines are essential in managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The current challenges of vaccine inequality demand a re-examination of the vaccine distribution mechanisms. What are the consequences of wealthier nations grabbing most of the global vaccine supply? How does it affect pandemic control on a local and global scale? What are the current models for vaccine distribution in Norway and beyond and are there more just and fair possible alternatives? This episode is a recording of the Vaccine Inequality Webinar held at Bergen Global 20.05 2021 by GRIP and the UiB Pandemic centre. The webinar was hosted by Bjørn Enge Bertelsen and Esperanza Diaz, and the panellists were:  Dr John-Arne Røttingen: Røttingen is Norway’s global health ambassador and oversees Norway`s global health efforts and participation in international activities to combat Covid-19. Dr Mosoka P Fallah: Fallah is the Founder and Executive Director of Refuge Place International, an NGO in Liberia addressing access to affordable quality health care for poor urban and rural dwellers. Professor Gagandeep Kang: Kang is a Professor of Microbiology at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, and she is one of India’s leading experts on vaccines. Professor Henriette Sinding Aasen: A professor of law from the University of Bergen, she is a well-established researcher in the field of health and human rights, including access to healthcare services for vulnerable groups and the relationship between welfare state regulations and social citizenship. Erlend Grønningen: Grønningen is a board member of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders and has been the acting spokesperson for MSF in Norway throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our miniseries interview "Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City: The Paradox of Geography and Vaccine" with dr. Fallah here.  Cover photo: MF Photo/ERNESTO BENAVIDES *************************************************** GRIP newsletter Twitter - Facebook - Instagram  ***************************************************
August 20, 2021
#1 Unequal Worlds and the Global Research Programme on Inequality: An introduction
Welcome to Unequal Worlds; an inequality research podcast! In this episode show hosts Elina Troscenko and Maria Ulvesæter introduce the force behind Unequal Worlds; the Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP). GRIP is a radically interdisciplinary research programme that views inequality as both a fundamental challenge to human well-being and as an impediment to achieving the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda. GRIP aims to provide a framework facilitating collaboration across disciplines and knowledge systems around problems of inequality, and this podcast is a part of this.  Sign up for our newsletter here.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.   Do you want to get in touch? Reach out at 
July 05, 2021