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Unboxing The Doughnut: An Interview with Kate Raworth

Features Editor Rajan Soni discusses the challenges facing economic theory in the 21st century with the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, Doughnut Economics Growth. It has become a byword for prosperity, a synonym for success – a yardstick by…

The University System Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Education spreads knowledge; it broadens minds; it improves productivity. Higher education has exploded in recent years – whether it is “worth it” in an economic sense for all these people to go to university is unclear (would it be more…

Animals Are Not Sentient, According to the UK Government

Last Monday, Caroline Lucas put forward a motion to transfer the EU Protocol recognising sentience of animals into UK law. It was rejected by parliament. MPs’ voted strictly along party lines, with the government (and DUP) voting against its inclusion,…

How I Learnt to Stop Worrying And Love Automation

Another day, another report on automation. This time it’s the National Bank of Australia axing 4000 jobs in customer service. Or how about the 66,000 jobs that were lost in retail in the US in 2017 alone. It would seem…

Nanotechnology: Tiny Tech With Big Ideas

Imagine a robot arm: the type found in production lines assembling cars or baby bottles or pizzas; swivelling and grabbing mechanically. Now imagine it shrunk to the width of a human hair. Now imagine it shrunk so that 600 of…

Perpetuating Inequality: A Catch-22

Occasionally, a piece of art permeates the public consciousness so deeply as to leave a lasting impression. Mostly, this happens in the form of an oft-quoted phrase: Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” or As You Like It’s “all…

Pride, Prejudice and Participation

An icon of the suffragette movement, Jane Austen succeeded in transcending boundaries of sex that were otherwise impenetrable. Her ability in creating a depth of character that is so rarely seen won her admirers in both men and women. Winston…

Richard Thaler: Patient and Pertinent

It is a common perception that the field of Economics is inherently selfish. Early theorists in the discipline such as Smith and Ricardo were strong advocates of the view that people are perfectly rational; that they will always strive to…

Detecting Ripples in Spacetime: What It Means and Why It Matters

Since childhood, I have had an unashamed love of sci-fi films. Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Alien, Metropolis, The Terminator, The Matrix… all these I watched over and over, enthralled by their visions of the universe with…

Free Market Farming?

In a speech at the WWF Living Planet Centre in July, Michael Gove, Secretary of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has promised that the UK will continue to pay out the current EU subsidies of £3bn until 2022. In this…