Lessons Learnt from the Pandemic

Hosted by the School of Public Policy

Online public event


Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Professor Paul Dolan

Professor Paul Dolan

Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Andrés Velasco

Dr Clare Wenham

Dr Clare Wenham


Professor Simon Hix

Professor Simon Hix

Over a year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, what key lessons have been learnt that should shape the policies that national and global actors should pursue.

Meet our speakers and chair

Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is a social anthropologist at LSE and was the inaugural director of the LSE South Asia Centre from 2015-2020.  She was awarded an LSE Research Grant to study the impact of COVID-10 in India, with Maitreesh Ghatak (LSE Economics). Her forthcoming monograph Cultivating Democracy : politics and citizenship in agrarian India, will be published later this year, and is based on over 20 years of research in rural India. 

Paul Dolan (@profpauldolan) is Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is author of the Sunday Times best-selling book Happiness by Design, and Happy Ever After and host of a new podcast series Duck – Rabbit, which explores our polarised culture.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) is Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at LSE. She specialises in global health security, the politics and policy of pandemic preparedness and outbreak response. She has researched this for over a decade, through influenza, Ebola and Zika. Her research poses questions of global governance, the role of WHO and World Bank, national priorities and innovative financing for pandemic control. More recently she has been examining the role of women in epidemics and associated policy. For COVID-19, Clare is Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the CIHR and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation analysing the gendered dimensions of the outbreak.

Simon Hix (@simonjhix) is the Pro-Director for Research and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at LSE. An LSE alumnus, he is one of the leading researchers, teachers, and commentators on European and comparative politics in the UK. Simon has recently been appointed Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute in Florence and will take up his new post in September.

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This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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