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Sussex Development Lectures

Watch: Covid-19 and development: implications for preparedness and response in future pandemics

28 January 2021 17:00–18:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the limitations of conventional approaches to epidemic preparedness and response that privilege state-led, centralised control plans within a health security paradigm. The indirect social, economic and health impacts of public health measures have exacerbated existing inequalities, notably in settings where people negotiate competing priorities and intersecting precarities. Instances of politicisation of epidemic response and authoritarian enforcement have raised troubling questions regarding health and human rights. Yet there have also been significant examples of local-level mobilisation, through both formal and informal responses.

This Sussex Development Lecture looks at what the varied experience of Covid-19 means for rethinking future approaches to pandemic preparedness and responses.


  • IDS researcher, Hayley MacGregor, in conversation with Sabina Rashid, Dean and Professor at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at Brac University.




This event is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series on Covid-19 and development – building back better?

Sussex Development Lectures are jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies , the Science Policy and Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE), based at the University of Sussex.



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