About

Hi, I’m Gah-Kai Leung (the first name’s pronounced ‘GAR-kay’).

I started this podcast to offer a space where emerging academics, scholars and thinkers could talk about groundbreaking ideas that will change the way you look at the world, one idea at a time. As the title suggests, it is also meant to be a provocation: to stimulate conversations about the direction our global society is taking and how that direction can be improved for the better.

If you are interested in appearing, or if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at provocateurpodcast@gmail.com. Thus far, the podcast has covered issues in fields as diverse as politics, literature, linguistics, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, ethics, neuroscience, applied physics, computer science, economics, international law and global health, with hopefully many more subjects to join the list. I’m particularly keen to hear from women, ethnic minorities and STEM specialists (as well as women and ethnic minorities in STEM of course!).

My own academic background is in philosophy and politics. I’ve just completed an MA in Transnational Studies at University College London, where my dissertation research investigated the ethical and political issues raised by gender-neutral public toilets. In general, my academic interests are pretty diverse, spanning the politics of sexuality; science and public policy; the relationship between politics and literature; the politics of disaster response; and normative political theory, especially in the contexts of multiculturalism and religion. My proposed PhD research will look at the increasing threat posed by hurricanes in a warming world, and the ethical and political stakes of policy responses to this threat.

In addition, I occasionally write at Libri Australis, a site discussing Australian literature, film and culture.

Thanks for stopping by,

Gah-Kai

Disclaimer: The views of the speakers on the podcast are solely those of the speakers themselves and do not represent the views or opinions of the host or of any third parties.