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COVID-19 Resource Centre

Leading the social science response to COVID-19

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organizations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the epidemic.

On this page the School of Public Policy at the LSE has brought together some of the leading thinking to guide and support those policy responses. We draw across the full range of social sciences —among them economics, finance, sociology, government, health policy, social policy, psychology and behavioural science.

 

Letters: Calls for Global Action

Health and Social Policy

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

BAME COVID-19 DEATHS – What do we know? Rapid Data & Evidence Review (CEBM)
Dr Miqdad Asaria, LSE Health, et al.

COVID-19 and inequality: are we all in this together? (Canadian Journal of Public Health)
Dr Miqdad Asaria, LSE Health, et al.

‘A Good Death’ During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the UK: A Report of Key Findings and Recommendations (LSE)
Professor Laura Bear, Department of Anthropology, et al.

Every COVID-19 patient should be able to join a randomised clinical trial (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Yang Chen and Bogdan Enache, Executive MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences students, Department of Health Policy.

A social interaction budget can be part of the response to COVID-19  (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Alexandra M Bocse, Department of International Relations.

Saving Lives in the time of COVID-19: Case Study of Harm Reduction, Homelessness and Drug Use in Dublin, Ireland (LSE)
Dr John Collins, LSE International Drug Policy Unit, et al.

Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19 (International Long-Term Care Policy Network)
Adelina Comas-Herrera, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), et al.

Posthumanist critique and human health: how nonhumans (could) figure in public health research (Critical Public Health)
Dr Carrie Friese, Department of Sociology.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene policy in the time of COVID-19 (International Growth Centre)
Professor Edward Glaesner, International Growth Centre, et al.

Group Testing Against Covid-19 (LSE)
Professor Olivier Gossner, Department of Mathematics, and Professor Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics.

Impact of COVID-19 on residents of Canada’s long-term care homes – ongoing challenges and policy responses (LTC Covid)
Dr Amy T. Hsu et al, LTC Covid.

How to strengthen a health research system: WHO’s review, whose literature and who is providing leadership? (Health Research Policy and Systems)
Dr Lucy Kanya, Department of Health Policy and African Health Observatory, et al.

The social network of international health aid (Social Science & Medicine)
Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Department of Government and Department of International Relations.

Complexity and Institutional Diversity in Global Health Governance: Implications for Asia' (Chapter in compilation)
Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Department of Government and Department of International Relations.

IGC COVID-19 guidance note: Containment strategies and support for vulnerable households (International Growth Centre) 
Dr Jonathan Leape, Department of Economics and International Growth Centre.

From social distancing to social containment: reimagining sociality for the coronavirus pandemic (Medicine Anthropology Theory)
Dr Nicholas Long, Department of Anthropology.

Living in bubbles during the coronavirus pandemic: insights from New Zealand (LSE)
Dr Nicholas Long, Department of Anthropology, et al.

Health system, public health, and economic implications of managing COVID-19 from a cardiovascular perspective (European Heart Journal)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Effectiveness of Government Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak (Social Science Research Network)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care (Health Policy)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

12 Lessons Learned from the Management of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Health Policy)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

A new resource to understand how countries have responded to COVID-19 (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)
Professor Elias Mossialos et al, Department of Health Policy.

The COVID-19 pandemic predominantly hits poorer neighborhoods, or does it? (medRxiv)
Eric Neumayer, Department of Geography and Environment and Professor Thomas Pluemper, Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Durian Is Not The Only Fruit: On Reciprocity and Hoarding in the Age of the Coronavirus' (Behavioural Public Policy blog)
Dr Adam Oliver, Department of Social Policy.

Ambiguity Aversion and the UK Government's Response to Swine Flu' (LSE)
Dr Adam Oliver, Department of Social Policy.

Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others? (The IFS Deaton Review)
Professor Lucinda Platt, Department of Socal Policy, and Ross Warwick, Intitute for Fiscal Studies.

Impossible decision? An investigation of risk trade-offs in the intensive care unit (Ergonomics)
Dr Tom Reader, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Security, surveillance and shambles: the UK’s contact-tracing app (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Stephen Roberts, Department of Health Policy.

Homeschooling during lockdown deepens inequality (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Patrick Sturgis, Department of Methodology, et al.

A healthy ocean can help fight pandemics (China Dialogue Ocean)
Torsten Thiele, Institute of Global Affairs.

Community health workers reveal COVID-19 disaster in Brazil (The Lancet)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Modelling can only tell us so much: politics explains the rest (The Lancet)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Cuba y seguridad sanitaria mundial: Cuba’s role in global health security (BMJ Global Health)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, and Dr Sonja K Kittelsen, University of Oslo.

Mosquitoes and COVID-19 are a ticking time bomb for Latin America (Latin American and Caribbean blog, LSE)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

The oversecuritization of global health: changing the terms of debate (International Affairs)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Governing Ebola: between global health and medical humanitarianism (Globalizations)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, and Dr Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University London.

Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership (BMJ Global Health)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility: struggling to deliver on its innovative promise (BMJ)
Dr Clare Wenham and Bangin Brim, Department of Health Policy.

Zika, abortion and health emergencies: a review of contemporary debates (Globalization and Health)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Elective surgery after COVID-19: how can we bring waiting lists down? (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Lucy Thompson, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Making online higher education work: opportunities, challenges and policy imperatives under COVID-19 (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Yifei Yan, Department of Social Policy.

News and Social Media

A temporary coronavirus testing fix: Use each kit on 50 people at a time (The Washington Post)
Professor Olivier Gossner, Department of Mathematics, and Professor Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics.

Underfunded, unappreciated care homes were given little chance against Covid-19 (The Guardian)
Adelina Comas-Herrera, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC).

Prof. Elias Mossialos: “Transparency is vital to the management of responses to health crises” (European Science-Media Hub)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy.

Paying innovators is the way out of lockdown (The Times)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy.

The LockedDown Opportunity (Higher Education Policy Institute)
Dr Leeza Osipenko, Department of Health Policy, et al.

We should strengthen existing institutions rather than create a new international body for virus surveillance (The BMJ Opinion)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

The UK was a global leader in preparing for pandemics. What went wrong with coronavirus? (The Guardian)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

If we do not address structural racism, then more black and minority ethnic lives will be lost (The BMJ Opinion)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Was lockdown really worth it? Telegraph writers and experts give their verdict (The Telegraph)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Economics and Finance

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

COVID-19 Hub
Centre for Economic Performance.

'Better Together' digital platform
LSE IDEAS

Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence (Centre for Economic Performance, LSE)
Professor Dan Anderberg et al, Centre for Economic Performance.

COVID-19: The struggle to agree an EU response (LSE EUROPP blog)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

How different will this time be? Assessing the prospects for economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis (LSE EUROPP blog)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute, and Professor Jun Qian, Fudan University.

COVID-19: opportunity or nemesis for the EU? (The UK in a Changing Europe)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

Averting a prolonged economic crisis stemming from COVID-19 (Funcas)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

The Economic Consequences of COVID-19 (Dahrendorf Forum)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

Who pays for the war on COVID-19? (LSE EUROPP blog)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

Trade Crisis? What Trade Crisis? (Centre for Economic Performance)
Dr Kristian Behrens, Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

9 ways to strengthen the global economic response to COVID-19 (World Economic Forum)
Professor Erik Berglof, Institute of Global Affairs, and Khalid Abdulla-Janahi, Vision 3.

Treasury Select Committee -Call for Evidence on Covid-19 Financial Package (LSE)
Professor Tim Besley, Department of Economics, et al.

Five million self-employed in the UK have been hit hard by the pandemic (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Jack Blundell, Centre for Economic Performance, and Professor Stephen Machin, Centre for Economic Performance and Department of Economics.

USS: The Need for a 2021 Valuation (AgeWage)
Professor Michael Bromwich, LSE Department of Accounting.

Creating opportunity from crisis: Raising worker productivity during the pandemic (International Growth Centre)
Jonathan Bower, International Growth Centre.

Imagining a Resilient Future of Equity Finance (Rebuilding Macroeconomics)
Richard Bronk, European Institute.

We need progressive taxation to pay for the COVID-19 rescue packages (LSE COVID-19)
Dr Paweł Bukowski, Centre for Economic Performance, and Dr Wojciech Paczos, University of Cardiff.

The Macroeconomics of a Pandemic: A Minimalist Model (CEPR)
Professor Roberto Chang, School of Public Policy, Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy, and Professor Luis Felipe Céspedes, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

Macroeconomic Policy Responses to a Pandemic (LSE)
Professor Roberto Chang, School of Public Policy, Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy, and Professor Luis Felipe Céspedes, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

The gig economy and workers' preferences for steady jobs (CentrePiece)
Nikhil Datta, Centre for Economic Performance.

Protecting informal workers in urban India: The need for a universal job guarantee (VOXEU CEPR) 
Dr Swati Dhingra, Department of Economics.

Parts of the economy less hit by the pandemic are exposed to bigger negative effects from Brexit (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Swati Dhingra, Department of Economics, and Josh de Lyon, Centre for Economic Performance.

Protecting informal workers in urban India: The need for a universal job guarantee (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Dr Swati Dhingra, Department of Economics.

Less red tape, more local entrepreneurship and FDI: the path to COVID-19 recovery (LSE COVID-19)
Simeon Djankov, Financial Markets Group, et al.

How governments can ease the entry of ‘recovery entrepreneurs’ (LSE Business Review)
Simeon Djankov, Financial Markets Group.

How long can firms survive in the Covid-19 crisis? (LSE Business Review)
Simeon Djankov, Financial Markets Group, and Erica Bosio, World Bank Group.

Estimating the monetary value of the deaths prevented from the UK Covid-19 lockdown when it was decided upon – and the value of “flattening the curve” (LSE)
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Pinar Jenkins.

Does school spending matter? (CentrePiece)
Professor Steve Gibbons, Department of Geography and Environment, and Professor Sandra McNally, University of Surrey.

ECB needs to finance coronavirus budget deficits (CEPS) 
Professor Paul de Grauwe, European Institute.

Could the economic cost outpace the health impact of COVID-19 in Africa? (International Growth Centre) 
Astrid Haas and Dr Matthieu Teachout, International Growth Centre.

COVID-19: The economic policy response (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Dr Ethan Ilzetzki, Department of Economics.

Ramping up ventilator production: Lessons from WWII (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Dr Ethan Ilzetzki and Hugo Reichardt, Department of Economics.

Pandemics According to HANK (Seminar, LSE)
Professor Benjamin Moll, Department of Economics, et al.

Building effective short-time work schemes for the COVID-19 crisis (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Camille Landais, Department of Economics, and Dr Giulia Giupponi, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

A Progressive European wealth tax to fund the European COVID response (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Camille Landais, Department of Economics, et al.

COVID-19: We shouldn’t give priority to sustaining the GDP over the wellbeing of the people (LSE Business Review)
Professor Richard Layard, Centre for Economic Performance.

A COVID-19 Marshall Plan for Europe (Project Syndicate)
Philippe Legrain, European Institute.

Lessons from the Economic-Epidemiological Frontier (Project Syndicate)
Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, Department of Economics, et al.

Throwing a Covid-19 Liquidity Life-Line (LSE)
Professor Ricardo Reis, Department of Economics, et al.

Fiscal Conditioning During a Depression (Special Paper, Centre for Economic Performance)
Professor John Van Reenen, Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

Synthetic Forecasting Method for COVID-19: Applications to UK and Turkey (Systemic Risk Centre)
Dr Orkun Saka, European Institute.

Budget 2020: a bold response to coronavirus, but more must be done if it becomes widespread in the UK (British Politics and Policy blog)
Dr Thomas Sampson, Department of Economics.

The structural constraints limiting Zambia’s economic response to COVID-19 (International Growth Centre)
Twivwe Siwale, International Growth Centre.

How COVID-19 has affected Lagos traders: Findings from high frequency phone surveys (International Growth Centre)
Dr Meredith Startz, International Growth Centre, et al.

European Economic Policy for the COVID-19 Crisis (IGM Forum)
Professor Daniel Sturm, Department of Economics, et al.

Evaluation of a Recovery Basic Income, and of a sustainable revenue neutral Citizen’s Basic Income, with an appendix relating to different Universal Credit roll-out scenarios (EUROMOD) 
Dr Malcolm Torry, Department of Social Policy.

The coronavirus is no 2008 (VOX CEPR Policy Portal) 
Professor Dimitri Vayanos, Department of Finance, et al.

Preventing an Emerging-Market Meltdown (Project Syndicate)
Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy.

Economic policy incentives in the fight against pandemics (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy, and Professor Roberto Chang, School of Public Policy and Rutgers University.

The Virus Turns South (Project Syndicate)
Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy, and Professor Roberto Chang, School of Public Policy and Rutgers University.

Economic Policy Incentives to Preserve Lives and Livelihoods'. (LSE)
Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy, and Professor Roberto Chang, School of Public Policy and Rutgers University.

Review of the World Bank Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) Pandemic Bond with Reform Proposals (Global Policy Journal)
Jintao Zhu, Third Year PPE student.

News and Social Media

Does Growth Matter?  (BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking)
Richard Davies, Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

It’s time to refresh old ideas like universal job guarantee (hindustan times) 
Dr Swati Dhingra, Department of Economics.

Helicopter, bazooka or drone? Economic policy for the coronavirus crisis (Politico)
Dr Paolo Dini, Department of Media and Communications, et al.

What is the true cost of the coronavirus lockdown?' (The Spectator)
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

The World Has a $2.5 Trillion Problem. Here’s How to Solve It. (The New York Times)
Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Department of Economics, et al.

The crumbling of India's economy (Hindustan Times)
Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Department of Economics.

3 Points Of Concern On Government's Much-Needed Economic Package (NDTV)
Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Department of Economics.

Coronavirus: how will it change us? (The Real Story, BBC)
Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Department of Economics.

How worrying is Britain's debt? Surprisingly, we economists say: not very (The Guardian)
Dr Ethan Ilzetzki, Department of Economics.

Universal Credit applications (Twitter)
Professor Stephen Machin, Department of Economics.

How responsible corporate behaviour can help during a pandemic (Thomas Reuters Foundation News)
Dr Mary Martin, LSE IDEAS.

How do countries differ in their response to the coronavirus economic crisis? (The Guardian)
Professor Ricardo Reis, Department of Economics.

International Development

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

Women peace and security in the time of corona (Women, Peace and Security blog, LSE)
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE, Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Syria’s Response and Healthcare Capacity (Conflict Research Programme - LSE)
Mazen Gharibah, Conflict Research Programme (CRP), and Zaki Mehchy, Chatham House.

How is COVID playing out in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings? (Oxfam blogs)
Dr Duncan Green, Department of International Development.

Social protection in fragile states (International Growth Centre)
Dr Rema Hanna, Harvard University and International Growth Centre.

What are the smart COVID-19 containment options for developing countries? (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Adnan Q. Khan, School of Public Policy.

COVID-19 in South Asia: A Comparative Perspective (YouTube)
LSE South Asia Centre.

Pandemics amidst fragilities: Implications and risks in the time of COVID-19 (International Growth Centre)
Camilla Sacchetto, International Growth Centre.

Repurposing Africa’s manufacturing: a means to address medical equipment shortages and spur industrialisation (OECD Development Matters)
Rajkumar Mayank Singh, Masters in Public Administration LSE alumnus, Tony Blair Institute (TBI) Strategic Advisor to the Government of Rwanda, et al

A social protection response to COVID-19 in developing countries (International Growth Centre)
Shahid Vaziralli, International Growth Centre.

Engaging with mosque imams for effective responses to COVID-19 (International Growth Centre)
Dr Katherine Vyborny, International Growth Centre, et al.

Spotlight on Gender, Covid-19 and the SDGs: will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality? (UN Women)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Saving Lives: The Civil-Military Response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa (Report, University of Sydney)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Understanding and mitigating real-time differential gendered effects of the COVID-19 outbreak (LSE)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

COVID-19: The gendered impacts of the outbreak (The Lancet)
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Climate and the Environment

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

From rescue to recovery, to transformation and growth: building a better world after COVID-19 (LSE)
Amar Bhattacharya, Grantham Research Institute and Professor Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute.

Pricing carbon during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (LSE)
Josh Burke, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

COVID-19, emissions trading and the implications for a future UK ETS (LSE)
Josh Burke, Grantham Research Institute and Dr Luca Taschini, Grantham Research Institute.

The case for a COVID-19 carbon tax (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Ralf Martin, Centre for Economic Performance, and Professor John van Reenen, Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Performance.

How could sustainable finance help avoid an emerging market sovereign debt crunch? (LSE)
Alexandra Pinzón, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19  (Oxford SSEE)
Nick Robins, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

Post-COVID recovery packages must quicken the pace to net-zero carbon emissions (LSE)
Nick Robins, Grantham Research Institute and Dr Günther Thallinger.

Strategy, investment and policy for a strong and sustainable recovery: An action plan (LSE)
Professor Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

Financing climate ambition in the context of COVID-19 (LSE)
Professor Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

Building back better: policies for a strong and sustainable recovery (LSE)
Sam Unsworth, Grantham Research Institute, and Dr Anna Valero, Centre for Economic Performance.

Will COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages accelerate or retard progress on climate change? (Oxford Review of Economic Policy)
Dimitri Zenghelis, Grantham Research Institute, et al.


Politics, Government and Society

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

Contested Powers in City Hall (LSE Cities)
Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Department of Sociology.

Analytics Note #01: COVID-19 Monitors of Relevance to Urban and Regional Governance (LSE Cities)
LSE Cities.

The dangers ahead: COVID-19, authoritarianism and democracy (LSE)
Luke Cooper and Guy Aitchison, Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit.

The end of liberalism? Why the current crisis is different to 1989, 2001 and 2008 (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Luke Cooper, LSE Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit.

Life after COVID-19: start planning now (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Nicholas Barr, European Institute and Professor Howard Glennerster, Department of Social Policy.

Politicians can’t hide behind scientists forever – even in a pandemic  (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Sir Tim Besley, Department of Economics, and Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy.

COVID-19: The struggle to agree an EU response (LSE EUROPP blog)
Professor Iain Begg, European Institute.

The UK's self-employed workers: who they are and what they need (CentrePiece)
Jack Blundell, Centre for Economic Performance.

You Can See China From Here': The Evolution of a Border (The Diplomat)
Professor William Callahan, Department of International Relations.

Meanwhile uses in the city – should this be the new normal? (LSE Progressing Planning blog)
Liz Crump, Arup (LSE alumna)

Now it’s the turn of EU leaders to do ‘whatever it takes’ to save Europe – or it won’t be enough (EUROPP blog)
Dr Sebastian Diessner, European Institute, et al.

A lack of diverse perspectives means that the cure for Covid-19 will hurt more than the disease (LSE)
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Europe’s COVID-19 response must be delivered by society at large, not just governments (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz, Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit.

A Happy Choice: Wellbeing as the Goal of Government (Centre for Economic Performance)
Professor Paul Frijters, Department of Social Policy, et al.

Bergamo's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Cambridge Core blog)
Dr Matteo M. Galizzi, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Dr Simone Ghislandi, University Bocconi.

Brexit thinking poisoned the government’s response to COVID-19 (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Jonathan Hopkin, Department of Government.

States alone cannot compete against the forces of nature (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Marnie Howlett, PhD Candidate, Department of International Relations.

COVID‐19, nationalism, and the politics of crisis: A scholarly exchange (Nations and Nationalism)
Professor Christopher R Hughes, Department of International Relations, et al.

Smart Containment with Active Learning (SCALE): A Proposal for a Data-Responsive and Graded Response to COVID-19 (CERP) 
Dr Adnan Q. Khan, School of Public Policy, et al.

Smart Containment with Active Learning (CERP): Operational Plan (CERP)
Dr Adnan Q. Khan, School of Public Policy, et al.

Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning (International Growth Centre)
Dr Adnan Q. Khan, School of Public Policy, et al.

Horizon 2020 Project: TransCrisis (TransCrisis)
Professor Martin Lodge, Department of Government, et al.

Risk & Regulation: Magazine of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, No 37, 2019. (Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation)
Professor Martin Lodge, Department of Government, et al.

People-Solution Framework: A pandemic and post pandemic approach focused on people’s participation (LSE)
Nancy Lu, MSc student, Department of Social Policy and Ivan D'Ambrosio, Business Director, Briidge.

Effectiveness of Government Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak (Social Science Research Network)
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy, et al.

Corona-diary: Entry 3 (sister-hood magazine)
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE, Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Wealthier districts were hit by COVID-19 first in Germany, but their lockdowns were more effective (VOX  CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Eric Neumayer, Department of Geography and Environment, et al.

Contagious crowds: religious gatherings in the age of coronavirus (LSE Religion & Global Society blog)
Professor Esra Özyürek, European Institute, and Michal Kravel-Tovi, Tel Aviv University.

London and COVID-19: too complex for one government? (CIDOB)
Dr Philipp Rode, LSE Cities.

Cities on the frontline: Managing the coronavirus crisis (CIDOB Webinar)
Dr Philipp Rode, LSE Cities, et al.

Young people trust governments less after exposure to an epidemic (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Orkun Saka, European Institute, et al.

Reconstituting the unequal global society after pandemic – a cautionary tale of international law (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Margot E Salomon, Department of Law.

Could COVID-19 herald the return of international co-operation? (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Theresa Squatrito, Department of International Relations.

An LSE action plan for a strong and sustainable recovery (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute, et al.

Lockdown scepticism is part of the Brexit divide (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Professor Patrick Sturgis, Department of Methodology, et al.

The Populists' Pandemic (Project Syndicate)
Professor Andrés Velasco, School of Public Policy.

Scientists can advise, but only the government is responsible for policy (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr George A Wharton, Department of Health Policy, et al.

The crisis trap: Why the EU must not sideline democracy as it tackles coronavirus (LSE EUROPP blog)
Professor Jonathan White, European Institute.

Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá  (Book, Duke University Press)
Dr Austin Zeiderman, Department of Geography and Environment.

News and Social Media

The COVID-19 pandemic: A Letter to G20 leaders (LSE)
Professor Erik Berglof, Institute of Global Affairs, et al.

Roundtable - Coronavirus: could it weaken the EU? (TRT)
Professor Waltraud Schelkle, European Institute.

From rescue to recovery, to transformation and growth: building a better world after COVID-19 (Grantham Institute)
Professor Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute, and Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings Institution.

Communications and Social Media

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

WhatsApp Vigilantes: An exploration of citizen reception and construction of WhatsApp messages’ triggering mob violence in India (Research project)
Department of Media and Communications.

Journalism in viral war-time (Polis blog)
Professor Charlie Beckett, Department of Media and Communications, and Polis.

The Political Economy of Lockdown:Does Free Media Make a Difference? (LSE)
Professor Sir Tim Besley, Department of Economics, and Sacha Dray, Department of Economics.

Dangerous Messages or Satire? Analysing the Conspiracy Theory Linking 5G to COVID-19 through Social Network Analysis (Journal of Medical Internet Research)
Dr Joseph Downing, European Institute, et al.

Battling Fake News and (In)Security during COVID-19 (E-International Relations)
Dr Joseph Downing, European Institute, et al.

Solidarity at the time of COVID-19: An(other) digital revolution? (Media@LSE blog)
Professor Myria Georgiou, Department of Media and Communications.

Coronavirus and #fakenews: what should families do?  (Parents4DigitalFuture blog)
Professor Sonia Livingstone, Department of Media and Communications.

Coronavirus contact tracing apps: a proportionate response? (Media@LSE blog)
Professor Robin Mansell, Department of Media and Communications.

Speaking up to prevent harm: A systematic review of the safety voice literature (Safety Science)
Mark Noort, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, et al.

Psychological and Behavioural Science

Research Papers and Policy Proposals

No time for experts? Trust in science after the BREXIT vote of 23 June 2016 (Compilation book section)
Professor Martin W Bauer, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

The Wellbeing Costs of Covid-19 in the UK (Simetrica Jacbos) 
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, et al.

The Key Determinants of Happiness and Misery (Centre for Economic Performance)
Dr Andrew E. Clark, Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

Comparing Conventional and Machine-Learning Approaches to Risk Assessment in Domestic Abuse Cases (Centre for Economic Performance)
Professor Jeffrey Grogger, Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

When Behavioural Science Can Make a Difference in Times of COVID-19 (LSE, under review)
Dr Dario Krpan, LSE Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, et al.

The upside of London Tube strikes (CentrePiece)
Dr Shaun Larcom, University of Cambridge, et al.

When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits (Centre for Economic Performance)
Professor Richard Layard, Centre for Economic Performance, et al.

How behavioural science can help firms navigate the ‘new normal’ (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Grace Lordan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Teresa Almeida, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Virtual Inclusion in The City (The Inclusion Initiative)
Dr Grace Lordan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

COVID-19: overcoming obstacles to virtual inclusion for City of London workers (LSE Business Review blog)
Dr Grace Lordan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Cultural evolution, Covid-19, and preparing for what’s next (LSE Business Review)
Dr Michael Muthukrishna, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Happiness at Work (Centre for Economic Performance)
Dr Jan-Emmanual De Neve and George Ward, Centre for Economic Performance.

Separating behavioural science from the herd (LSE COVID-19 blog)
Dr Adam Oliver, Department of Social Policy.

Towards A Better Understanding of Cognitive Polyphasia (Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour)
Dr Claudine Provencher, LSE LIFE.

To beat coronavirus, we need to start thinking about the people around us (Medium)
Paulius Yamin-Slotkus, PhD student,
Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

News and Social Media

We need graphs for coronavirus misery as well as mortality (The Irish Times)
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Professor Liam Delaney, University College Dublin.

The True Cost of the Coronavirus Outbreak (Spectator)
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Media

LSE Academics in the News

Interview on rising domestic abuse rates in lockdown, Vogue - Saturday 25 July. Read here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on the WHO and how it responds to infectious disease outbreaks, BBC World Service Radio - Sunday 26 July. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on US withdrawal from WHO, The Telegraph - Tuesday 8 July. Read here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Comments on public borrowing and spending during a crisis, BBC Two Newsnight - Tuesday 7 July. Watch here.
Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director.

Interview on returning to work and company support, Reuters - Monday July 6. Read here.
Dr Esther Canonico, Department of Management.

Interview on 'social bubbles', BBC London - Sunday 5 July. Listen here.
Dr Nicholas Long, Department of Anthropology.

Interview on UK's response to COVID-19, Sky News - Saturday July 4. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on sex-segregation experiment in Panama, The Telegraph - Wednesday 1 July. Read here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on creating green jobs post-lockdown, The Guardian - Thursday 18 June. Read here.
Sam Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Article on LSE IDEAS platform 'Better Together', Business in the News - Wednesday 18 June. Read here.
LSE IDEAS.

Interview on shielding as a method of protection against COVID-19, LBC - Wednesday 17 June. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on human behaviour in times of uncertainty, BBC Radio 4 - Tuesday 16 June. Listen here.
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on wearing face masks in public, The Independent - Tuesday 16 June. Read here.
Professor Ben Voyer, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on the need for contact tracing, Politico - Tuesday 9 June. Read here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on coronavirus and urban spaces, La Nacion - Saturday June 6 2020. Watch here (English).
Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Department of Sociology.

Building a green recovery, Future Housing – Wednesday June 3 2020. Read here.
Dr Swenja Surminski, Grantham Research Institute.

Interview on Greek response to COVID-19, The Telegraph - Wednesday 27 May. Read here.
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on European-US approaches to pandemic, CNBC - Tuesday 26 May. Read here.
Professor Christopher Pissarides, Department of Economics.

Interview on social media platforms and flows of information, DW-TV - Tuesday 26 May. Read here.
Dr Monica Horten, Department of Media and Communications.

Interview on COVID-19 in care homes, Euronews - Monday 25 May. Listen here.
Adelina Comas-Herrera, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC).

Interview on impact of coronavirus on low income households in Saudi Arabia, BBC Radio 4 - Monday 25 May. Listen here.
Dr Steffen Hertog, Department of Government.

Interview on India's economic response to COVID-19, Hindustan Times - Sunday 24 May. Read here.
Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Department of Economics.

Interview on misinformation about COVID-19, CNN International - Wednesday 23 May. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on no-deal Brexit and trade in light of COVID-19, The Independent - Friday 22 May. Read here.
Dr Thomas Sampson, Department of Economics.

Interview on UK rail bailouts, Financial Times - Thursday 18 May. Read here.
Professor Tony Travers, School of Public Policy and Department of Government.

Interview on wellbeing in lockdown, The Telegraph - Wednesday 13 May. Read here.
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on exposure to COVID-19 and governments' actions, CNN International - Thursday 7 May. Watch here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Report on wellbeing cited, Independent - Monday 5 May. Read here.
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on under-reporting of COVID-19 cases in care facilities, Financial Times - Sunday 26 April. Read here.
Adelina Comas-Herrera, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC).

Participant, The Coronavirus Newscast podcast, BBC - Thursday 16 April. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Interview, BBC Newsnight - Tuesday 14 April. Listen here.
Dr Clare Wenham, Department of Health Policy.

Research on care home deaths reported, The Guardian - Monday 13 April. Read here.
Care Policy and Evaluation Centre.

Interview on antibody testing and immunity, Sky News - Friday 10 April. Read here.
Dr Edgar Whitley, Department of Management.

Interview on Covid-19 vaccine patent rights, Reuters - Monday 6 April. Read here.
Professor Elias Mossialos, Department of Health Policy.

Interview on UK unemployment, Bloomberg - Monday 6 April. Read here.
Professor Stephen Machin, Department of Economics.

Interview on differentiating weekends and weekdays in lockdown, Huffington Post - Friday 3 April. Read here.
Professor Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on human behaviour in groups, CNN Health - Thursday 2 April. Read here.
Dr Michael Muthukrishna, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on social and physical distancing terminology, Alijazeera - March 30 2020. Read here.
Professor Martin W. Bauer, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Interview on lockdown rules, Wired - Thursday 19 March. Read here.
Dr Matteo Galizzi, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Further resources

Non-LSE

Despite concerns, COVID-19 shows how social media has become an essential tool in the democratisation of knowledge

COVID-19, inequality, and gig economy workers (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Bénédicte Apouey, Paris School of Economics-CNRS, et al.

Inequality in the Impact of the Coronavirus Shock: New Survey Evidence for the UK (University of Oxford)
Dr Abi Adams-Prass, University of Oxford.

Virtual schooling, Covid-gogy and digital fatigue  (Media@LSE blog)
Dr Giota Alevizou, The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute.

Prepare for large wage cuts if you are younger and work in a small firm (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Brian Bell, King's Business School, et al.

Coronavirus Pandemic: The Policies We Need to Be Ready for the Long Haul (The Wire)
Abhinash Borah, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis and Department of Economics, Ashoka University, et al.

COVID-19 and the End of Individualism (Project Syndicate)
Professor Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge.

Covid-19: Protecting frontline healthcare workers—what lessons can we learn from Ebola? (The BMJ Opinion)
Megan B Diamond and Liana Woskie, Harvard Global Health Institute.

Coronavirus Government Response Tracker (Department webpage)
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Economics in the time of COVID-19: A new eBook (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Richard Baldwin and Professor Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Graduate Institute of Geneva.

A proposal for a Covid Credit Line (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Professor Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Paris School of Economics, et al.

Universal Credit claims (Twitter)
Jack Blundell, PhD candidate, Stanford University.

Coronavirus lays bare the trauma of losing your job (The Conversation)
Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, University of Oxford.

The Race Between Economics and Covid-19 (Project Syndicate)
Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, Allianz.

This Crisis Shouldn’t End Like the Last One (Bloomberg Opinion)
Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, Allianz.

Overcoming distrust to deliver universal health coverage: lessons from Ebola (The BMJ)
Dr Mosoka Fallah, National Public Health Institute of Liberia, and Liana Woskie, Harvard Global Health Institute.

Der Ökonom Ernst Fehr wirft der Politik vor, Entscheidungen auf ungenügender Datengrundlage zu treffen – und er macht einen Vorschlag' (The economist Ernst Fehr blames politics for decisions based on insufficient data - and he makes a proposal) (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
Professor Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich.

The Coronavirus Crisis in the Light of History and Network Science (Presentation slides)
Professor Niall Ferguson, Stanford University.

Covid-19 has turned cities’ main economic assets into their worst enemies (EUROPP blog)
Dr Rune Dahl Fitjar, University of Stavanger.

State Snapshot: California – A Tale of Two Cities (Pandemics Explained, HGHI)
Tynan Friend and Liana Woskie, Harvard Global Health Institute.

Does One Size Fit All? Realistic Alternatives for COVID-19 Response in Low-Income Countries (Center for Global Development)
Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development, et al.

Flatten the curve of infection and the curve of recession at the same time (Foreign Affairs)
Professor Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, University of California, Berkeley.

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries (Project Syndicate)
Professor Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University.

To fight the COVID pandemic, policymakers must move fast and break taboos (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)
Sony Kapoor, RE-DEFINE, and Willem Buiter, Citigroup.

Covid-19 research tracker (Twitter)
Lukas Lehner, University of Oxford.

From social distancing to social containment: reimagining sociality for the coronavirus pandemic (Medicine Anthropology Theory)
Professor Nicholas Long, Imperial College London.

Working from home can make people more productive. Just not during a pandemic (Recode, Vox)
Rani Molla, Recode.

Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. The report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola (Health Policy, The Lancet)
Suerie Moon, Harvard Global Health Institute, et al.

Post-Ebola reforms: ample analysis, inadequate action (The BMJ)
Suerie Moon, Harvard Global Health Institute, et al.

Exploring Lessons Learned from a Century of Outbreaks:Readiness for 2030: Proceedings of a Workshop (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)
V. Ayano Ogawa, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, et al.

Ebola Lessons for Fighting COVID-19 (Project Syndicate)
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, The Vaccine Alliance.

This Time Truly is Different (Project Syndicate)
Professor Carmen M. Reinhart, Harvard University.

Fact checking matters, now more than ever (Media@LSE blog)
Ariel Riera, Chequeado, and Dr Olivia Vicol, Full Fact.

A Greater Depression? (Project Syndicate)
Professor Nouriel Roubini, New York University.

The Two Pandemics (Project Syndicate)
Professor Robert J. Schiller, Yale University.

Unemployment insurance claims (Twitter)
Dr Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute.

The Priority for the Social-Distancing Period (Project Syndicate)
Professor Michael Spence, New York University.

Lockdowns, economic contraction and public investment in treatment capacity: Views of leading economists (VOX CEPR Policy Portal) 
Romesh Vaitilingam, Vox.

Why have we waited until now to improve the accuracy of predicted grades? (CEPEO, UCL)
Dr Gill Wyness, University College London.