Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society


Our centre members have produced a variety of public engagement and outreach materials, including podcasts and audio interviews, to disseminate our research projects and to advance participatory social science inquiry.


The Beyond Global Health podcast 

In this podcast series, developed by researchers at the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, we ask what it might mean to reimagine global health. There is currently a welcome momentum towards recognising the colonial origins, and ongoing coloniality of Global Health, as well as the dominance of Global North institutions, funders and researchers defining and directing what Global Health means and requires. In this podcast we would like to take a step back, as researchers based in a Global North institution, to listen to, and have a conversation with those who are taking the lead in reconceptualising the idea of global health.

Episode 1: Seye Abimbola

In this episode, Seye Abimbola, Associate Professor of Health Systems at the University of Sydney, talks to Marlee Tichenor, Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Episode 2: Gustavo Matta

In this episode, Gustavo Matta, full researcher of public health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil, and Marlee Tichenor, Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Episode 3: Gabriela Arguedas-Ramirez

In this episode, Gabriela Arguedas-Ramirez, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Costa Rica, talks to Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Global Health Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.

Episode 4: Sanjoy Bhattacharya

In this episode, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor of Medical and Global Health Histories and Head of History at the University of Leeds, and Steve Sturdy, Professor of the Sociology of Medical Knowledge at the University of Edinburgh.


The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast: In a podcast episode titled "Pregnancy & Multiple Chemical Sensitivity", our centre member Andrea Ford talks about unborn children and infants, mothers, and chemical exposure(s) during pregnancy and early life.

The Naked Scientists: In this audio interview titled "Are period tracking apps a privacy concern?," our centre member Andrea Ford discusses period tracking app and data use as forms of evidence in abortion prosecution trials in the United States.

Philosophy Casting Call: In this podcast, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril explores what philosophy looks like now and shines a light on thinkers, topics, and themes historically marginalised in academic philosophy, including women, LGBTQIA, disabled, and BIPOC people.

Short Wave: In this podcast episode titled "When Tracking Your Period Lets Companies Track You," our centre members Andrea Ford and Giulia De Togni explore period-tracking smart apps, third-party advertising, and surveillance capitalism.

The Wrap Chats: This podcast series, hosted by The Wrap (a project between The Love Tank and centre member Ingrid Young) explores queer community strategies of care and resilience in response to ongoing, emerging and exacerbated health inequalities in the context of COVID-19 in the UK.


Digital Intimacies: In this podcast, our centre member Ingrid Young discusses with Jamie Hakim (KCL) their collaborative project: ‘Digital Intimacies: how gay and bisexual men use their smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy’.

Hormones: The Inside Story: In a podcast episode titled "Menopause vs. 'Manopause'", our centre member Andrea Ford, Annice Mukherjee and Channa Jayasena, explores the impact of sex hormone changes on our health as we age.