Back to School 2020: a 

Back to School 2020: a "dual campus" model

In response to the uncertainty facing universities worldwide with regards to the start of the next academic year, Sciences Po is mobilising to guarantee all its students as complete and demanding an education as ever. Sciences Po remains faithful to the university’s vocation of training free, critical and socially engaged minds, intellectually informed through research and interaction with professionals at the heart of our teaching. It is this wholesome and well-balanced education that will give you the means to act in a world more uncertain now than ever.

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Webinar: The Welfare States During and After the Covid Crisis

Webinar: The Welfare States During and After the Covid Crisis

In this webinar, organised in the frame of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences - professors and researchers Waltraud Schelke (LSE), Anke Hassel (Hertie School of Governance), Anton Hemerijck (European University Institute, Florence) and Bruno Palier (LIEPP Sciences Po) discussed welfare states - before and after the Covid crisis.

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Covid-19: A Natural Disaster?

Covid-19: A Natural Disaster?

The Covid-19 pandemic has proliferated across media and discussion under a number of different titles: "sanitary crisis", "health emergency", "natural disaster"... What consequences are there to this selective framing of the situation, and what can it tell us about the nature of the global response? Interview with Sandrine Revet, anthropologist and leader of the Disasters and Risks seminar at CERI Sciences Po, and author of Disasterland: An Ethnography of the International Disaster Community

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Fear in the Time of Pandemic

Fear in the Time of Pandemic

Along with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, a growing fear is propagating throughout our societies. The Conversation asked five experts to explain the current crisis as seen from their field of research. Discover their psychological, political, and health perspectives on the situation in these brief articles.

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How the health crisis is blurring lines between science, politics and society

How the health crisis is blurring lines between science, politics and society

Since the beginning of the current health crisis, scientists have been in the spotlight, as governments rely on their recommendations to consolidate their decisions. Thus summoned as experts, also by the media, they find themselves both placed in collective responsibility, as is the case with the scientific council mobilised around the French government, and exposed individually. They also constitute a reference point for citizens to gradually build up an understanding of the situation. The role of science within society and in relation to the major political decisions that have to be made is thus extremely active, in various configurations, and subject to multiple pressures. What questions does this situation raise during the crisis? And what can be anticipated as longer-term consequences for the relationship between science and politics?

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Diverse Political Narratives, Fed by Scientific Uncertainties

Diverse Political Narratives, Fed by Scientific Uncertainties

Pandemics reveal both the extent and the limits of our scientific knowledge. In a way, the current health crisis is difficult to compare with the pandemics of previous centuries—the cholera pandemic or the “Spanish flu” pandemic—because of the enormous progress in medicine and the gap between past and present expertise. But today, as in the past, disease spreads faster than knowledge, even when knowledge is stimulated by an emergency situation.

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Wildlife markets after Covid-19

Wildlife markets after Covid-19

The Covid-19 crisis has attracted widespread international attention to issues in wildlife trade, especially in the context of Chinese wildlife markets and regulation. In the webinar “The impacts of Covid-19 on wildlife management policies in China and the preparation of biodiversity COP15”, Aleksandar Rankovic at IDDRI, Aron White from the Environmental Investigation Agency, and Li Shuo from Greenpeace East Asia discuss existing problems in Chinese wildlife management policies for biodiversity, the need for a nuanced response in governmental and global administration, and opportunities for reforming wildlife management strategies in the postponed 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming (COP15).

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Citizens’ Responses to Covid-19: A Worldwide Comparison

Citizens’ Responses to Covid-19: A Worldwide Comparison

Tracking and analysing populations’ reactions to this unprecedented global pandemic is essential. But in order to understand their underlying foundations, it is crucial to be able to compare these reactions between multiple countries. This comparative study is precisely what the CEVIPOF has decided to undertake with “Attitudes Towards Covid 19”, a research project based on surveys conducted in more than 18 countries - from Canada to South Africa to France and New Zealand. On an unprecedented scale, this survey makes it possible to understand the reactions and behaviour of citizens towards political and institutional decisions in matters of health, the economy, or even civil liberties. So much data that has already proved invaluable in guiding public figures in their arguments and recommendations. Interview with Martial Foucault, Director of the CEVIPOF and co-coordinator of the study with Sylvain Brouard, research director.

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