The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What is behind the growing tension in the Middle East? 🔊

Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen

What needs to be done to prevent a climate-induced collapse? 🔊

Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem a climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?

What is the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process?

Carwyn Jones outlines the process iwi go through to settle Treaty grievances.

Politics & Society

What needs to be done to prevent a climate-induced collapse? 🔊

What needs to be done to prevent a climate-induced collapse? 🔊

Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem a climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?

Science & Technology

How do your genes affect your mental health? ▶

How do your genes affect your mental health? ▶

In this lecture hosted by the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland researchers discuss how knowing what your genes do can guide the development of future personalised medicine for prevention and treatment of mental health conditions and type 1 diabetes.

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

In a chapter taken from the new book “A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future,” David Hall discusses how to tread carefully as the world undertakes what amounts to a climate revolution.

Business & Economics

What needs to be done to prevent a climate-induced collapse? 🔊

What needs to be done to prevent a climate-induced collapse? 🔊

Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem a climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?

How bad is poverty in New Zealand? 🔊

How bad is poverty in New Zealand? 🔊

New research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute has found that more than 50,000 working households are living in poverty across New Zealand.

What is the future of food?

What is the future of food?

Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.

Arts & Culture

Why do people steal art? 🔊

Why do people steal art? 🔊

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history.

Why do we need journalism?

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?