Articles and interviews

COVID-19 commentary from our researchers and associate academics

There are many different strands of COVID-related research being carried out by our researchers and associated faculty at LSE, many of whom are very active in bringing their work to wider audiences.

Professor Gareth A. Jones, Director

30 September 2020

Panama's trans community failed by gendered lockdown rules

From The Guardian, based on research by Dr Clare Wenham (with Liana R. Woskie)

"A London School of Economics study has found the response 'failed to recognise diverse gender identities and may reproduce inequalities and injustice for non-binary individuals with unknown long-term effects'. The controversial measures were meant to halve the numbers of people on the streets at any one time but the rules left trans people vulnerable to victimisation.

10 July 2020

Community health workers reveal COVID-19 disaster in Brazil

From The Lancet, by Dr Clare Wenham (with Gabriela Lotta, João Nunes, and Denise Nacif Pimenta)

"The failure of President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration to recognise the severity of the pandemic is being compounded by the neglect of Brazil's community health workers (CHWs). In Brazil, there have been no nationwide guidelines for primary health care services in the COVID-19 response. Since CHWs in Brazil are not considered to be health professionals, only an estimated 9% have received infection control training and personal protective equipment (PPE). Unions estimate that at least 50 CHWs have died as a result of COVID-19.3 The number is likely to be vastly underestimated."


1 July 2020

Women more willing to comply with lockdown, Panama's sex-segregation experiment suggests

From The Telegraph, based on research by Dr Clare Wenham (with Liana R. Woskie)

Research has shown already that women face a “double burden” as a result of the pandemic: not only are 70 per cent of the global healthcare workforce women, putting them at greater risk of infection, lockdowns have also had a significant impact on women’s access to essential health services.


28 June 2020

La economía que puede llegar después de la pandemia

En Clarín, con Profesor Jean-Paul Faguet

"Un nuevo mundo pos Covid 19 con recesión en V. Una fuerte y nunca vista presencia del Estado. Inflación, reactivación lenta, la globalización en retirada. Probable salario universal de facto para todos, que reemplaza las ayudas del estado ,la amenaza al Euro. Una 'solución sistémica' del FMI, que “no es el mismo”, para deudas impagables como la Argentina, esta vez beneficiada por su experiencia en crisis. Relocalizaciones de empresas para recuperar la autonomía perdida frente a China y un dilema. ¿Será China el nuevo líder o carece de autoridad moral?"


21 June 2020

COVID-19 y seguridad humana en Medellín

En El Mundo, basado en un informe de monitoreo elaborado por Dra Alexandra Abello Colak (et al.)

Se analizan las múltiples afectaciones desde una lupa teórica más amplia y potente en vez de quedarse en la simple constatación de los delitos comunes. Las principales vulneraciones tienen que ver con: la seguridad económica, personal, comunitaria, alimentaria y en salud.


17 June 2020

Back to Wuhan (and Panama's sex-segregated social distancing)

From the BBC Coronavirus Newcast, featuring Dr Clare Wenham

"Dr Clare Wenham talks about social distancing in Panama, where men and women are allowed out on different days!" [from 17:55]


11 June 2020

The Effect of COVID-19, Geopolitics, and Relationships with China and the United States on Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

From Geneva Centre for Security Policy, with Dr Álvaro Méndez

"Washington’s influence on LAC has been in decline for some time, preceding both coronavirus and Donald Trump’s presidency. The United States had created an 'empire by default' in LAC because of its own past spectacular growth and for lack of any conceivable rival. But it has grossly neglected this 'backyard' empire by taking it for granted and giving it little heed."


19 May 2020

Governments and technocrats during COVID-19 [Brazil]

From LSE International Development, with Professor Kathryn Hochstetler interviewed by Professor in Practice Duncan Green

"One of the biggest lessons [from Brazil] is that topics don’t have obvious ways of being governed and that there is a great deal of difference in national contexts about whether a given topic is going to be heavily politicised and controversial or whether it’s going to be more technocratic."


19 May 2020

Coronavirus: Is the relationship between China and the West changing?

From BBC Newsnight, with Dr Clare Wenham

"Is anyone willing to stand up to one of the world’s most powerful nations? And is China using coronavirus to 'bully' the world?"


13 May 2020

A subnotificação da crise econômica (no Brasil) 

Em PolitiQueijo, com Dr Mara Nogueira


12 May 2020

IP, pharmaceuticals and a cure for COVID-19

From LSE International Development, with Professor Ken Shadlen interviewed by Professor in Practice Duncan Green

"If we have a vaccine we need 8 billion to 10 billion doses, that would be a challenge of scaling up like nothing we have seen before in terms of health. And we’d want to scale-up really quickly. This would have to involve researchers, firms, government, and action by international organisations."