At the start of lockdown, launched a new series called Regent’s Review: thoughts, research and academic discussion on the rapidly unfolding pandemic. We invited academics, professional service staff, students and alumni to submit their think pieces. Here is a selection.
Colleagues in the School of Psychology & Psychotherapy wrote about the effect of the pandemic (and other crises) on our mental health, and examined the perils of hasty research:
- Some philosophical consolations, by Dr Isabel Henton
- Does rapid research come at a hefty price?, by Professor G Neil Martin
- The pandemic is shaping our mental health – here’s what we can do, by Professor Martin Milton
Liberal arts and humanities and professional services staff considered COVID-19 from a social, cultural and sustainability stance:
- Social distancing? It’s anything but…, by Dr Orit Gal
- Online experiences: the art world responds, by Dr Deborah Schultz
- Post-pandemic, will we prioritise sustainability?, by Alan Sitkin
- An opportunity in disguise?, by Ed Urunsak
Staff also covered the pandemic from the perspective of politics, philosophy and economics: how will governments interact with each other – and their citizens – when this is all over?
- Geopolitics after the coronavirus: a critical examination, by Dr Ernesto Gallo
- UK-China relations: business collaboration and development post COVID-19, by Professor Linda Li
- Human rights in the time of coronavirus: from public morality to law, by Dr Ana-Maria Pascal
Colleagues in Business & Management explored what the pandemic means for economics, marketing and ways of working:
- Pay attention – COVID-19 gives us a real taste of Industry 4.0, by Professor Stephen Barber
- Society needs a new economic bargain – this is our chance, by Richard Meredith
- The pandemic is disrupting marketing as we know it, by Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci. (Plus, read Professor Sirkeci's study on migrant workers' finances and the pandemic.)
And finally, colleagues from around the University have been speaking and writing about their take on COVID-19, and how it affects the world at large. Here is a selection:
Yossi Mekelberg, Professor of International Relations, spoke to Monocle 24 about the pandemic: ‘this is a gamechanger; there's nothing like it in human history. You'd have to go back to 1918 to find anything remotely close to this.' He also spoke to the BBC about how the pandemic affects Palestinian workers.
Alan Sitkin, Senior Lecturer in International Business, shared his thoughts on the climate emergency post COVID-19 with the National Policy Institute (NPI).