Politics, people and protection in a post-pandemic world

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 6.00-7.15pm. Online event.


Over the past year, our world has seen monumental change. The pandemic has impacted every area of life, challenging the way we work, socialise, communicate and live.

In this event, chaired by Emeritus Professor Marie Kinsey, our panel of experts will reflect on the impact of the past year, identify the key public health lessons that have been learnt and address how we'll manage the threat of possible future pandemics.

As we look forward to the ending of lockdown, join our panel to gain an expert insight into what we’ve been through and what’s to come.  

Please note, the event will be streamed live from this page

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Our Host, Emeritus Professor Marie Kinsey

  Marie is Emeritus Professor of Journalism Education and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a former broadcast journalist specialising in business and financial journalism and now a member of the Department of Journalism Studies Advisory Board. She's also a University Public Orator, writing and presenting citations for the university's honorary graduands.

The Panel 

andrew lee

Dr Andrew Lee, Reader in Global Public Health


Andrew has worked for many years as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with Public Health England. In the past year he was a director of primary care with the National Health Service in the UK coordinating the local response to COVID-19.  Andrew will take a look back at the past year and discuss the key public health lessons learned from the UK's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also explore the implications for how the UK manages the COVID-19 threat for the coming year and prepares better for future pandemic threats.

Jenny Hall

Dr Jenny Hall, Clinical Research Fellow within the Department of Infectious Diseases


Jenny is a Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine, through which she has had extensive experience of clinical COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.  She will offer an overview of the hospital experience of COVID-19, including some insight into the effect on patients and hospitals more widely. She will outline some of the lessons learned so far, touching on treatments, outcomes and inequalities that have emerged through a rapidly evolving body of research. Finally, Jenny will touch on the future of COVID-19 in the era of vaccines and the emergence of new variants.

Simon Rushton

Dr Simon Rushton, Director of Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics


Simon will focus on international cooperation over COVID-19 response, from the early stages (where there were often failures of cooperation over access to vital equipment such as PPE and ventilators) to the current issues over vaccine distribution. He will also discuss the politics of cooperation, in particular the difficulties in forwarding an agenda that would ensure equitable global access to vital supplies.

Jesse Matheson

Dr Jesse Matheson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics


Jesse will discuss Zoomshock: What does working from home mean for local services and inequality?  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented rise in the number of jobs done from home. In his research, Jesse uses data to measure and document the resulting change in the geography of economic activity for neighbourhoods across the UK. A clear pattern emerges; city centres suffer a significant drop in economic activity while affluent suburban neighbourhoods experience a surge. This pattern has important implications for the economic recovery of our local service industry and may exacerbate the unequal economic impact of the pandemic. 

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