Economics and finance, Government and governance, Trade and industry, Science and technology | Australia, The World

13 September 2019

This week on Policy Forum Pod we look at how globalisation, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing the world of work and how we can reap the benefits of this transformation, and we hear from one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2019 – Professor Sharon Bessell.

Around the world, people’s work and workplaces are being transformed by globalisation and the rise of automation, robotics, and AI. That transformation brings significant challenges to policymakers, and to people who see their lives and livelihoods transformed, often in negative ways. So how can we make sure this dramatic transformation benefits humankind? On this week’s special episode of Policy Forum Pod, we hear from Richard Baldwin about his book The Globotics Upheaval: Robotics, Globalisation and the Future of Work and how policymakers can ensure society benefits from this transformation. We also talk to Professor Sharon Bessell about being listed as one the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2019 and hear about her research on poverty. Listen here:

Pod presenter Martyn Pearce also discusses some of your comments and suggestions and looks at a sudden surge in demand for Policy Forum Pod mugs.

Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He advises governments and international organisations around the world and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration.

Sharon Bessell is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, where she is co-leader of the ANU Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) team. The IDM is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

Julia Ahrens is a presenter on Policy Forum Pod.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Sharon Bessell named as one of Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2019

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work (Richard Baldwin)

Quentin Grafton wins Austarlian Laureate

2019 Human Development and Capability Association Conference 

The Capability Approach

Planetary Health Platform

Individual Deprivation Measure 

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