In the 2020 Conversations series, the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) will host a series of public conversations aiming to shed light on how processes of societal change which preceded Covid-19 have taken on new significance in this historical moment.
This panel brings together experts who have studied disruptive technologies, internet governance and surveillance, with the aim of analysing the implications of interconnected digital trends, particularly as they manifest against the backdrop of inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic. In reflecting on these patterns and relationships, the panellists identify critical governance challenges moving forward and changing regulatory dynamics.
The pandemic response presents a critical juncture for health that could lead to a prioritisation for people’s health and wellbeing through social change and reform, or a re-embedding of the status quo. This panel will explore these themes surrounding governance and regulation for health.
2020 Conversations - Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance (Webinar 3: Corporations)
With COVID, corporations search for vaccines, manufacture PPE, develop tracing apps, and manage vast hospital networks. But as private firms become increasingly central to the governance of democratic societies, they open themselves to political contention and new forms of regulation. Previously ‘global’ firms are compelled to choose geopolitical sides as the tech economy merges with the security state; regulators everywhere seek to curb platform corporations whose threat to elections and social cohesion becomes common knowledge. While these developments may seem profound the GFC reminds us that crisis-driven choices in political economy can soon be undone.
COVID-19 has exposed deep structural inequities, which unless redressed will undermine society, health and the economy now and into the future. In the second webinar of the Governing Disruptions for Health Equity series, the speakers will focus on the institutions, discourses and measurement of poverty and inequality.
2020 Conversations Series - Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance (Webinar 4: Complexity)
How should we as social scientists approach the analysis of complex 21st century problems? What sort of adaptive governance approaches might guide our attempts to intervene in different systems, including complex and chaotic ones? And what might we have to learn from other ways of thinking, like Indigenous Knowledge and ways of knowing, about taking a more holistic and relational approach to these issues? This panel showcases the interconnectedness of the 21st century problems and how this affects their solution.
The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) is hosting a postgraduate info event on 28 Oct from 4-5pm. Discover how regulation & governance can guide responses to the interconnected societal and environmental challenges of our time and learn more about our postgraduate study options in regulation & governance.