The COVID-19 Decade: Understanding the long-term societal impacts

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How and who will address new ways to tackle the inequalities in our society that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated?

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While lockdowns may recede, the decade ahead will still be defined by COVID-19 as the social, economic, cultural effects of the pandemic continue their ripple effect – especially when it comes to exacerbating pre-pandemic inequalities. Join the panel to debate how and who will rebuild society in new ways that address these health and social inequalities; and will policymakers and local, regional and national governments have the vision and collaborative working to overcome the scale of challenges ahead.

Chair: Siobhian Brown MSP, Convener of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee


Professor Dominic Abrams, Vice President (Social Sciences) of the British Academy

Talat Yaqoob, Consultant, Royal Society of Edinburgh Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission member

Susan Murray, Director, David Hume Institute


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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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