Interviews with Academics

Welcome to the new “In Short” Interview series which allows academics to summarise their work and tell young people how they can learn about and improve the problems of our time.

Welcome to In Short! You can understand more about us on our About Us page, but here I would like to give you some tips on how to navigate the site. On this page we have short interviews conducted with academics on areas that they want young people to hear about. On our Social Science, STEM and Literature and Arts we have summaries from different students around the world on academic works they have read and want to share and discuss with others. You can comment on this site, move your discussion to our Facebook page or respond with your own understanding of an academic work. If you have any questions please go to the Contact Us page. Thank you so much and enjoy your discussions.

Interview with Lynette Widder

Lynette Widder is a professor of who has over fifteen years of experience teaching design and is currently a Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, along withPrincipal and Co-founder, aardvarchitecture. We discussed the future of cities, and how sustainability and communities would affect their development.

Interview with Michael Munger

Michael Munger is the Deputy of Political Science, and Director of PPE Program at Duke University. We discussed price gouging and the inherent morality, behind it based on voluntary transactions, that underpins capitalism.

Benjamin Powell is director of the Free Market Institute and Professor of Economics at Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business. We discussed the misconceptions around sweatshops, and potential reasons for their continuation.


Interview with Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu is an MIT professor since 1993, particularly well known for his work on development economics with best sellers like Why Nations Fail particularly affecting our perception of his field. We spoke about different theories surrounding development economics, and the study of this field going forward.

Interview with Brian Wong

Brian Wong is an MPhil in Political Theory candidate at Wolfson College, Oxford and in our interview we delved into areas of his interest and the role he thought young people played within them.