Sociotechnical Navigation and Problem Solving amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge disruptions to daily life around the world. Individuals must acquire information, resources and services by navigating a number of issues, such as public health preventive measures, unexpected financial burdens, working and learning from home and accessing healthcare services. With mundane routines and social networks disrupted, sociotechnical infrastructure has become central to their functioning and maintenance. How, then, have individuals and communities navigated these systems to acquire needed resources and accomplish everyday life tasks? And, how do these navigation practices vary in relation to locale and individual circumstances?

This Australia-based pilot study contributes to a multi-country project led by Dr Kathleen (Katie) Pine. The international collaboration aims to capture how individuals approach and navigate sociotechnical systems in everyday life during times of major disruption and crisis in Australasia, Brazil, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Australians managing COVID risks ‘on their own’

21 January 2022

Australia is entering a new phase in the pandemic where we are managing more risks on our own, according to a

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Franz Carneiro Alphonso

Franz Carneiro Alphonso is a master’s student concurrently enrolled at the National Australian University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and National Security College (...

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Dr. Aleksandar Deejay

Dr. Aleksandar Deejay is a researcher with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at ANU and the Institute of Space’s (InSpace) Australian Centre for...

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Professor Kathryn Henne

Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). An interdisciplinarily trained scholar, she has a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society...

Law, justice and human rights

RegNet is one of world’s leading centres for socio-legal research. This cluster aims to lead the development of transformative ideas in the fields of criminology and restorative justice; human rights and international law; legal pluralism; peacebuilding; the regulatory dimensions of international and domestic law; and rule of law.

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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