The GLaD Podcast

From the creators of the Spatial Analytics + Data interview and seminar series, we bring you the GLaD Podcast—Geography, Life + Data. A little geography, a little (academic) life, a little ”geography life”, and LOTS about data, mostly spatial. Join your hosts, Dani Arribas-Bel, Rachel Franklin, and Levi Wolf for conversations, interviews, and even a few hot takes.

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Episodes

Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

For this episode, we’re joined by David O’Sullivan to talk about his forthcoming book, Computing Geographically: Bridging GIScience and Geography.
We talk about how the book came together, what's in it, and also how "computing geographically" fits into the bigger picture of geography, (David's) life, and data. There's lots about David's disciplinary origin story, career trajectory, and how geographical analysis and computation align with the discipline of geography.
This is also the episode in which Rachel opens with a comment about our new recording platform and then proceeds to record using her headphone mic, with the result that she sounds as if she's talking into a tin can. Apologies in advance.

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Today, we have a second “a day in the life of…” conversation, where we interview GLaD folks to get the scoop and the behind-the-scenes view on what it is like to live their life.
This time, we’re chatting with Dr Darla Munroe. Darla is director of research at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, leading efforts to support and coordinate the collective body of knowledge produced through the Institute’s work and fostering research strategies to advance its policy and educational activities. She is a geographer with research interests in economic-environmental interactions, especially forested ecosystems at the urban-rural interface globally.
Let us know what you liked at thegladpodcast@gmail.com We love hearing from you about questions or ideas for who you'd like to hear on GLaD. Thanks for listening! 
 

Saturday Dec 16, 2023

In this episode your GLaD team gets into the holiday spirit with an energetic conversation about how we're feeling about cities in 2023—because, let's face it, cities have had a bit of a hard time these past few years. Maybe their purpose is changing? Maybe it's a blip? Or maybe cities are just as awesome as they've always been.
For this extra special holiday episode, Rachel, Dani, and Levi are joined in their virtual studio by three fantastic guests: Elizabeth Delmelle from City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, Özge Öner from Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, and Jon Reades from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL.
Listen to find out who is Team City and who is more...Team Cities Kind of Suck Right Now...

Tuesday Dec 05, 2023

Today, we’re trialing a new episode format: “a day in the life of…”, where we’ll be interviewing GLaD folks to get the scoop and the behind-the-scenes view on what it is like to live their life. As inaugural guest, we have the pleasure of welcoming to the studio a rock star of maps: Professor James Cheshire. Join us for a conversation spanning from James' origins and first steps into mapmaking all the way his current dual life as the director of a data science institute and successful book author.
 
Remember we now have a mailbox where you can reach us with comments, suggestions, critique and praise, and maybe even hot takes! Send your thoughts to thegladpodcast@gmail.com and, while you're at it, give us a rate wherever you listen to GLaD, it's single best thing you can do to help the podcast (that, and telling your friends about it!).
 
Rachel, Levi, Dani.

Monday Nov 13, 2023

Today, we're reaching back "into the vault" to our Spatial Analytics and Data (SAD) interview series to bring you one of our past guests: Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he founded and directs the Center for Spatial Data Science. 
In this conversation, we'll talk about his life, times, and career, and also learn a little bit about who he would invite to a SAD dinner party! And: if you're curious about the SAD interviews, check out our Spatial Analytics and Data YouTube Channel (link) for the full back catalogue. We will be back with some new interviews and discussion very soon. 
Have questions, or want us to cover a topic you love? Let us know at thegladpodcast@gmail.com We'd be glad to hear from you! 
Note: we recorded this interview at the height of a global pandemic from home, while we usually record GLaD in the studio. So, we're sorry for any issues with the audio quality! We hope we've gotten better since this... and we hope you enjoy! 

Episode 8: Quitters

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

It sure feels like we're living through an academic "quitting" moment, with social media abounding with tales of folks departing universities for greener professional pastures. What's going on?! In this episode Dani, Levi, and Rachel try to find out. Joined by three academic "upgraders", Frances Darlington-Pollock, Carson Farmer, Seth Spielman, who share a bit of their professional journeys and their reasons for shifting out of academia and into other sorts of roles, we explore the extent to which the “golden ring” of an academic job has become tarnished, what makes folks leave, and where exactly they’re going to when they do. 

Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Today, we're reaching back "into the vault" to our Spatial Analytics and Data (SAD) interview series to bring you one of our past guests: Danny Dorling, the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. In this conversation, we'll talk about his life, times, and career, and also learn a little bit about who he would invite to a SAD dinner party! And: if you're curious about the SAD interviews, check out our Spatial Analytics and Data YouTube Channel (link) for the full back catalogue. And, if you'd like: let us know your story at thegladpodcast@gmail.com We'd be glad to hear from you! 
 
Note: we recorded this interview at the height of a global pandemic from home, while we usually record GLaD in the studio. So, we're sorry for any issues with the audio quality! We hope we've gotten better since this... and we hope you enjoy! 

Episode 6: 15 Minute Cities

Thursday Jul 20, 2023

Thursday Jul 20, 2023

(15minute) cities are hot again! The idea that you should be able to walk (or bike) to most amenities and services you rely on daily has taken a new life of its own in the last few years. In this episode, we introduce the initial notion of a 15minute city and trace its origins in urban planning and other urban disciplines, at least several decades back. We then open the "hot take" door for Rachel, Levi and Dani to discuss whether they're really new (no), and whether they are even desirable (maybe). Stay with us for the time you'd be able to sample at least three of the neighborhoods discussed in the episode!
References
The original paper that coined the term and is credited to have informed the “Paris revolution” is: https://www.mdpi.com/2624-6511/4/1/6
A popular piece in The Guardian on the main ideas behind the concept: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/25/15-minute-city-urban-planning-future-us-cities
Glaeser’s take on the term, mentioned in the episode: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2021/05/28/the-15-minute-city-is-a-dead-end-cities-must-be-places-of-opportunity-for-everyone/ 

Saturday Jul 01, 2023

To an academic, doing something for “work”  can mean so many different things. Sometimes, it’s our academic hobbies—the passion projects we take on alongside our usual work—that can really shape how we view our selves and how others view us.
In this episode, we discuss the projects, perspectives, and ideas we’re passionate about as academics: not just our work hobbies but our hobby horses. Join us for a wide ranging conversation about PhD training, open science, work life balance, and how we might do academic careers differently.

Episode 4: Books

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

When we did our #SAD cocktail party, we were so excited about every bit of our lists that we never made it to one of the final questions we always ask: #SAD books. We more than make up for it in this episode, where we (Rachel, Levi and Dani) discuss our favorite picks for books that discuss Geography (Life) and Data. Along the way, we talk about the role books have, why we think they're (still!) important today, and how their role has changed.

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