Introducing season seven of ‘What Happens Next?’

Monash Lens

The wait’s over – Monash University’s What Happens Next? podcast returns with another season of pressing questions and deep conversations.

  • Susan Carland

    Academic, author and social commentator

In the podcast’s seventh season, join host Dr Susan Carland as she asks the experts what the future will look like if we don’t change our trajectory on global issues, and what we can do now to shape the future we want.

Featuring in-depth interviews with academic experts and public thought leaders, this season of What Happens Next? explores a wide range of challenges facing our world today – focus, the future of food, critical minerals, language, reproductive health, and NFTs and art.

In time for Victoria’s state election, the season also features a live recording of “Hear Her Roar”, a panel discussion covering the issues women – and their allies – need to consider as the polls open.

Season seven also features a stellar lineup of expert guests, including world-leading Monash University researchers such as Professor Mark Bellgrove, Director of Research at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health; plant scientist Professor Ros Gleadow; Chair of General Practice Professor Danielle Mazza; and more.

Additional notable guests this season include bestselling author Timber Hawkeye, social justice advocate Inala Cooper, SecondBite co-founder Ian Carson AM, artist Josh Drummond, among others.

Listen: Visit the ‘What Happens Next?’ back catalogue

New episodes of What Happens Next? will be released weekly from Friday, 7 October, 2022. To be alerted when episodes are available, subscribe now. You can also listen to every episode of What Happens Next?, including its entire back catalogue, here on Monash Lens.

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Dr Susan Carland: Hi, everyone, I’m Dr. Susan Carland, the host of What Happens Next?. We’ve just finished recording the seventh season of the podcast and we’ve got some amazing topics.


Dr Susan Carland: Focus.

Dr Mark Bellgrove: In Australia, there’re probably between 850,000 and a million people with ADHD.


Dr Susan Carland: Future of food.

Dr Suzanne Kleve: Essentially, it’s a basic human right that we all have access to food.


Dr Susan Carland: Language.

Inala Cooper: Our languages were taken away from us at the commencement of colonisation, really.


Dr Susan Carland: Reproductive health.

Dr Paula Michaels: At every level, the world around us is literally built for the male body.


Dr Susan Carland: NFTs and art.

Dr Benjamin Hayward: I don’t know that there was really an effective way to trade digital art before this technology.


Dr Susan Carland: Critical minerals.

Professor Susan Park: We can, in fact, transition to renewable energy and, you know, still charge up our phones and our iPads.


Dr Susan Carland: So make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a single episode when it drops. You can find us on your favourite podcast app.

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