The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

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.

Who is to blame for the crisis of voter decline in local elections? 🔊

New Zealand’s local elections took place over the weekend with the average turnout nationally falling below fifty percent.

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?

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.

How bad is the discrimination against trans and non-binary people? 🔊

This week, a report on the health of trans and non-binary New Zealanders revealed some alarming statistics into psychological distress, discrimination and ongoing barriers to health services. The report titled Counting Ourselves is a comprehensive study into the barriers faced by trans and non-binary people and calls for various improvements to laws, policies, and the provision of clearer pathways to gender-affirming healthcare.

Science & Technology

Q+A: How is climate change reshaping oceans and marine life?

How is climate change affecting the oceans and marine life? What are the interactions between the earth, the atmosphere, and the ocean, and how does that affect human life? What measures can people take to prevent massive environmental damage?

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.

How bad is the discrimination against trans and non-binary people? 🔊

This week, a report on the health of trans and non-binary New Zealanders revealed some alarming statistics into psychological distress, discrimination and ongoing barriers to health services. The report titled Counting Ourselves is a comprehensive study into the barriers faced by trans and non-binary people and calls for various improvements to laws, policies, and the provision of clearer pathways to gender-affirming healthcare.

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.

Why is the Kererū so important? 🔊

They are known to get drunk on berries, fall out of trees, and hang around humans, but Kererū have become something of a New Zealand icon. They are also the only bird left in New Zealand that can distribute large seeds, and their disappearance would be a disaster for New Zealand’s native forests.

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.