Global ISSues podcast

International development examined close-up

International development examined up close

Global ISSues is the first official podcast of ISS and a platform for sharing our collective stories and first-hand experiences related to international development and social change. This medium amplifies voices that are a part of ISS to explore the changing global landscape in current affairs and shifting paradigms through insightful and eye-opening conversations.

Listen on the go

Whether you are on the train, in motion, or at the office, you can listen to each episode of our podcast wherever you are by downloading the SoundCloud application on your Android or Apple mobile device. You can also visit our Soundcloud profile on your desktop.

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Our episodes


Episode 5: Global (LOVE) @ ISS - Valentine's Day special

It's evident that ISS is home to intellectual rigour. But, it's also a place where the unexpected happens: incredible stories of love, companionship and community that last a lifetime.

In the fifth Global ISSues podcast episode, host Surabhi Srivastava leads brings us into the stories of couples unexpectedly falling in love and navigating cultural differences.

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Episode 4: Weathering the storm

Vicious wildfires in parts of Greece, the United States and Canada. Deadly floods devastating Germany, India and Nigeria. Violent tropical storms in the Philippines and the Caribbean Islands. Climate impact undoubtedly rocked the world in 2021, no less during a deadly pandemic. Co-hosts Surabhi and Natalia speak to ISS students and faculty to discuss 2021 severe weather events, their takeaways of COP 26, and resolutions to reduce their carbon footprint in 2022.

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Episode 3: ISS birthday special edition: students have their say

Host Surabhi welcomes students to the mic to voice their opinions on the three topics discussed during ISS' birthday celebration: decolonizing knowledge, technology and social enterprise. They also suggest topics and approaches in global development discourse that ISS can tackle in the coming years.

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Episode 2: Dispatches from a (pandemic) academic year: Stories of struggle and solidarity from ISS students

In this episode co-produced with ISS students, hosts Surabhi Srivastava and Natalia Abril Bonilla speak with students from Colombia, India, Jordan and Uganda in this eye-opening discussion on their journeys to study in The Hague amid the crises happening in their home countries. 

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Episode 1: Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and Climate Change

Our first episode features a live recording of the debate that took place at ISS in October 2020 on three crises in the world: COVID-19, climate change and Black Lives Matter with host Professor Inge Hutter, journalist Marcia Luyten, and speakers Aminata Cairo, Murat Arsel and Wendy Harcourt.

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About our hosts

Co-hosts Surabhi Srivastava (left) and Natalia Abril Bonilla (right) set the tone for the conversations heard on Global ISSues. 

Surabhi Srivastava is an ISS alumnus who has worked in the development sector in India for more than seven years. She has used podcasting in her work to increase awareness about issues pertaining to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive rights, and co-produced and co-hosted the podcast 'The Reproductive Justice Happy Hour' from 2017-2019. 

Natalia Abril Bonilla is an ISS alumnus in Social Policy and Development at ISS. She is a journalist and a sociologist with five years of experience as an academic researcher, communication strategist and investigative reporter in Latin America. 

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