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Go Beyond the News: “Global Bridges” Podcast Launches Season 2, Explores How Pandemic Diverts Flows in Trade, Investments and People

Global Bridges logoCameron School of Business Assistant Professor of International Economics, Dr. Beverly Barrett, hosts the informative, biweekly podcast “Global Bridges.” In its second season, the thought-provoking business program lets listeners travel abroad “from home” to learn about economic recovery in countries around the world. Season 2 “Global Bridges” podcast focuses on the changing flow of people and trade.

Going Beyond the News

Coming to you from the University of St. Thomas – Houston, this show goes beyond the news. Dr. Beverly Barrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as an expert on international business and economic policy. She has enlightening conversations with international guests who have first-hand knowledge about how the pandemic disrupted flows of people and trade in their respective countries.

Barrett launched “Global Bridges” Season 1 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Season 1 put a spotlight on economic resilience with guests from far-flung locations including China, Belgium, New Zealand, Mexico and Italy. Listen to Season 1 podcasts here.

In Season 2, Barrett employs her global networking skills to once again offer an impressive line-up of international experts who will focus on disruption in global supply chains, value chains and travel due to the pandemic.

Dr. Beverly BarrettSeason 2: Changing Flows of People and Trade

 “The pandemic has diverted material flows in trade and flows of people in travel and work, which we will explore in this season’s podcast series,” Barrett said. “The pandemic has changed our daily lives and the ways we relate to each other physically and virtually.”

  • In trade flows, global supply chains have become rerouted due to limitations on production and transportation in the pandemic.
  • In investment flows, global values chains have been rerouted due to trade changes and monetary policy changes to support recovery.
  • In people flows, professional travel and tourism travel have become limited due to border regulations. The opening of the virtual space has brought a new way of communicating and relating to each other.

Season 2: Interesting Guests from Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, Mexico and Vietnam

Listen to international experts who offer keen, first-hand insights into the topics explored with Barrett.

  • Guest: Olavo Franco Caiuby Berardes is an attorney and consultant advising on business, corporate, infrastructure and international law who formerly studied in Miami, Florida

Episode 9: “BRAZIL - “Views from South America on Recovery and Global Business”

From São Paulo: The pandemic has been accompanied by higher prices, raising concerns about inflation in the largest city and the largest country in South America during the recovery. A founding member of Mercosur (the Southern Cone Common Market), Brazil has a historically intertwined trade relationship with Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, fellow founding member states since 1991. A celebratory culture, the traditional spring-time pre-Lenten season celebration of Carnival was canceled this year, due to the pandemic. In 2022, Brazil celebrates 200 years of independence adding to the festivities.

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Stay Tuned for Upcoming Guests

  • Xaiver Prats Monne – SPAIN

Former Director General of the European Commission for Health and Education in Barcelona

  • Claudia Seymour – SWITZERLAND

Professor of Conflict Management, specialist in Africa in Geneva

  • Femke Baudoin – United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Head of Communications Middle East at BASF Chemistry in Dubai

  • Lorena Macias – MEXICO

A former presidential adviser, Lorena explores the health, energy, and water nexus in Mexico City

  • Binh Lai – VIETNAM

Deputy Director General at East Sea (South China Sea) Institute in Hanoi

The podcast is available on Anchor and connected to Apple, Spotify and other links.

To contact Dr. Barrett, email barretbf@stthom.edu or visit http://globalizationandchange.com/