New Generation Thinkers


New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since 2010, 40 academics from across the UK have presented documentaries on Radio 3, the BBC World Service and also taken part in discussion programmes and made taster films for BBC Arts Online. Listeners can hear contributions from previous New Generation Thinkers on Radio 3's Free Thinking programme and via the Free Thinking website.

BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking, the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You can listen to current New Generation Thinkers (NGT's) delivering Free Thinking Essays online now. Further details on their attendance at the Hay Festival are also listed in the image gallery. It is also possible to listen to NGT's as part of the BBC's PromsExtra 2016 Festival.

This scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience – through BBC broadcasting. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to sixty successful applicants have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life

Experts List

Finalists of the AHRC's and BBC Radio3's New Generation Thinkers Scheme are included here as experts in their field. The list includes their research specialisms and contact details.

New Generation Thinkers continue to talk about their work, research and involvement in different projects. Read the latest interviews in the Read, Watch and Listen Section.

New Generation Thinkers Film

To celebrate AHRC’s tenth anniversary year and five years of the New Generation Thinkers scheme, a short film has been produced which follows the journey of NGT applicants with interviews from those who got to the 2015 workshops and with winners from previous years.