Today, I’m joined by Irish author and academic, Dr. Jennifer Cassidy. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jennifer is based at the University of Oxford. Having received her doctorate in 2016, Jennifer specialises in researching international development and digital diplomacy. A proud advocate of gender and human rights, Jennifer has spoken at TEDxOxford and is a regular media contributor, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to have a chat with her, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.
We began with Jennifer’s career in academia and embarking on a path that took her to Oxford University (01:45) before moving on to discussing the concept of digital diplomacy (09:00) and its impact on the future of democracy and inter-state relationships.
I was keen to bring up the subject of women in academia (19:25) and unpack the lack of balance and participation, and Jennifer had much to say on the topic, before we agreed that a tremendous amount of work still needs to be done by all involved.
Towards the end of the episode, we explored living in a post Brexit Britain (28.30) and if Jennifer has found it different from when she first arrived there, before finishing on a light note (37:35) as I asked her what she is reading and watching at the moment.