On The Cusp



On The Cusp is a podcast exploring the interface between science and policy making. Each episode, we look at a current topic in scientific research, and interview experts and policy makers to hear what problems they face. The show is hosted by graduate students at the University of Cambridge.


  • Cyber Security

    Cyber Security


    Our latest podcast examines the ever-growing field of big data. We asked experts in the field how the collection, storage and distribution of personal data intersects with citizens’ right to privacy. We spoke to Jennifer Copic and Dr. Eirann Leverett from the Centre for Risk Studies Team at the Cambridge University Judge Business School; Will Shackleton, a Cambridge alumnus who now works on the security team at Facebook; Dr. Jerry Fishenden, one of the UK’s leading experts in the world of technology and Edward Lucas, editor at The Economist. We also asked members of the public (who inadvertently generate data every day) their views aboutRead More →

  • An Introduction to Policy Making

    An Introduction to Policy Making


    Welcome to On the Cusp, a new podcast about Science and Policy. This is the first episode, in which we discuss the process of integrating science into the policy making process. We spoke to Lord Martin Rees, astrophysicist and peer in the House of Lords, and Prof. Michelle Baddeley, a fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University. We also interviewed Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and shadow Secretary for Transport, as well as Dr. David Cleeveley, founder of the Centre for Science and Policy. To gain insight into how the public can engage in Science and Policy, we spoke to AnnaRead More →