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Published on 29 July 2020

Covid-19 has had huge impacts around the world, that are exposing cracks in our systems and highlighting issues of inequality and injustice. The status quo is being challenged and researchers, practitioners and activists are looking at opportunities for progressive change.

Here is a selection of some of the fascinating discussions that have been happening online:

COVID-19 recovery processes must make a healthy society the ‘new normal’

The world is turned upside down, the streets are empty. Behind this seeming tranquillity, there is a storm raging through our values and structures. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems?


Transformations in and beyond Covid-19 in India and Bangladesh

This webinar explores the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for bottom-up transformations to sustainability. It is convened by the TAPESTRY project which works on research in India and Bangladesh.


Managing new kinds of health partnerships during Covid-19 & beyond

What is the role of research evidence in promoting shared value and strengthening partnerships across sectors after Covid-19? What needs to be done to address the barriers that prevent local innovations being rolled-out, integrated, and scaled-up?


The Covid-19 crisis facing informal workers – what can be done?

Some of the hardest hit by impacts of Covid-19 have been low-income informal sector workers, how can these impacts be mitigated? As countries begin to look ahead to rebuilding their economies post-Covid, what are the opportunities for positive change?


How can we address religious inequalities in a post-Covid-19 transition?

If we do not address inequalities now, the situation could be dramatically worse for religious minorities around the world, in the wake of Covid-19 and its manifold consequences. So, what can be done?


A Global Green New Deal: Into the Portal, Leave No One Behind

Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein in conversation with Asad Rehman on how we move from crisis to justice and build a Global Green New Deal.


Inclusive Cities

A discussion on how cities are utilising their digital, material and human infrastructures to deal with Covid-19 now and in the years to come.


Downscaling the Doughnut to the City

How can your city become a home to thriving people, in a thriving place, while respecting the wellbeing of all people and the health of the whole planet? Economist Kate Raworth speaks about ‘Doughnut Economics’.


Ending Global Poverty – Four Women’s Noble Conspiracy

Ending poverty is an even greater challenge in today’s pandemic world than it was two decades ago, when the so-called Utstein-four rose to prominent positions as ministers in charge of international development in their governments. Their experience in international cooperation contains many lessons useful to addressing the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Rupture – Conceptualising Nature-Society Transformation

Research project looks at the long term effects of transformations in people’s everyday environment.


Hope and Action with Andrew Simms, Rapid Transition Alliance

The Rapid Transition Alliance has been inviting and sharing lessons from lockdown, for a reset post-Covid for a socially just and green recovery.

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