The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

Are surfers selfish?

Are surfers selfish when it comes to looking after the environment?

Turkey’s offensive: A ceasefire, or a bid for old territory?

Dr. Jiyar Aghapouri explores Turkey’s moves into Northern Syria.

What is the future of work in a techno-human world? ▶

In a lecture given at the University of Auckland, Professor Judith Bessant (RMIT University) speaks about her work looking at techno-human futures and how this could affect work cultures moving forward.

Politics & Society

Why do we need journalism?

Journalism is facing a profound financial crisis. Around the world, news outlets are closing, and journalists are losing their jobs. Should we be worried?

Canada votes: Is change on the way? 🔊

Canada’s federal election is taking place on October 21. Justin Wong spoke with Daniel Béland about the election and whether Trudeau can be re-elected.

Science & Technology

Why are glaciers declining in New Zealand? 🔊

2018 saw the worst ice melts in New Zealand since the 1980s. But why are glaciers declining in Aotearoa? Mitch Fuller speaks with doctoral student Lauren Vargo about her research into glacial melting.

Is vaping the answer to quitting smoking? 🔊

A New Zealand study has found that those who use nicotine e-cigarettes in conjunction with other nicotine supplements such as patches have a higher chance of quitting than those who don’t.

Q+A: Does food advertising push up obesity rates?

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world – but how much does advertising have to do with it? Jim Mann is calling for greater government regulations around how food is advertised, especially to children.

Q+A: Why are shark populations in decline?

Often thought of as the king of the ocean, shark populations are on the decline the world over, while their habitats have been affected by human contact. Mitchell Fuller talks to Riley Elliot about sharks, their decline, and the role they play as apex predators in our ecosystems.

Business & Economics

The future of work in Aotearoa New Zealand: What future for the young? ▶

As new technologies such as robotics and Artificial intelligence continue to grow in influence the very nature of what work means and how it is organised in the future will be radically reconfigured. In this panel discussion, four experts discuss what these changes might mean for the young.

Why is housing so unaffordable?

New Zealand is the second most overvalued housing market in the world, with Auckland its most unaffordable city, writes Dr. Michael Rehm.

Arts & Culture

Why do we need journalism?

Journalism is facing a profound financial crisis. Around the world, news outlets are closing, and journalists are losing their jobs. Should we be worried?

Remapping the order of knowing: The idea of ‘Latin America’ revisited ▶

Is ‘Latin America’ part of ‘the West’? Why ask this question and what do these terms mean for understanding the world today? In this lecture, Professor Walter Mignolo will ask what role the Americas played in forming the colonial matrix of power, introduced by Spain and Portugal in the 16th century.