Interviews by subject area

“Living in a bad neighbourhood and poor-quality housing makes progress very difficult”

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“Living in a bad neighbourhood and poor-quality housing makes progress very difficult”

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe

Poor housing conditions have repercussions on the health and progress of citizens. Sorcha Edwards, secretary general of Housing Europe, talks to us about the relationship between housing and social inclusion.

“Fair society, healthy lives”

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“Fair society, healthy lives”

April 2017

Social Inclusion
Michael Marmot,
Director of the Institute of Health Equityof of the University College London (UCL)

Michael Marmot, director of the UCL Health Equities Institute, explains the mechanisms linking social inequality and poor health, as well as the policies that should be implemented to reduce both.

“The most important contribution of the arts is giving identity to a country or region”

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“The most important contribution of the arts is giving identity to a country or region”

June 2017

Culture
John W. O’Hagan, Trinity College, Dublín

In this interview, John O’Hagan explains the numerous benefits that the arts bring to society, from their contribution to the formation of a collective identity to their positive impact on the economy.

“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues”

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“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues”

June 2017

Science
Lee Rainie and Cary Funk, Pew Research Center.

We interview Lee Rainie and Cary Funk, the heads of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, the USA’s most prestigious fact tank.

“We have undervalued the importance of personal interrelations in education”

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“We have undervalued the importance of personal interrelations in education”

Alan Daly, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego.

Alan Daly, Chair Professor of Education at the University of California, offers in this interview granted to the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” a view of the role of personal relations in the world of education, in which he highlights the concept of social capital.

“To reduce inequality, we have to do more in early childhood”

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“To reduce inequality, we have to do more in early childhood”

September 2016

Education
Jane Waldfogel, Chair Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs,
Columbia University School

Jane Waldfogel is Chair Professor in Social Work at the University of Columbia. In this interview, the main author of the book Too Many Children Left Behind proposes solutions for tackling differences in performance between students.

“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

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“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

March 2018

Science

Paul Wouters, director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden, talks with the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” about new tendencies in research evaluation.

Chemical pollution does not just have an impact on human health; it also has an impact on our economy

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Chemical pollution does not just have an impact on human health; it also has an impact on our economy

April 2017

Science
Leonardo Trasande, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Population Health School of Medicine,
New York University

What diseases are caused by the pollutants that we release into the environment? Why do they affect children most? What repercussion do these illnesses have on health and the economy? We interview Leonardo Trasande, professor at New York University and an expert on the subject.

"When at-risk youths come into contact with the arts, their academic achievement and their civic and social engagement improve"

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"When at-risk youths come into contact with the arts, their academic achievement and their civic and social engagement improve"

January 2019

Culture
Sunil Iyengar, Office of Research & Analysis Director at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

To what point does art contribute to social integration? Talking about access to culture under conditions of equality with Sunil Iyengar.

“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

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“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

November 2018

Culture
Françoise Benhamou, professor of Economics of the University of Paris-13, and specialist in the field of the economics of culture

How can the cultural consumption of the new generations, particularly that of families with lower educational levels, be increased? Françoise Benhamou provides some key points in this interview.