In this talk I will present the results of the Italian branch of the international research project ESCaPE (Evaluating Scientific Advice in a Pandemic Emergency) which I led in 2020-21 and which was aimed at understanding how expert advice was sought, produced, and utilized in the management of the Covid-19 emergency in Italy. This qualitative case study relies on a mix of both primary (stakeholder interviews) and secondary (official documents and communications by expert advisory bodies, ministerial decrees, and policy documents) data collection. This case study provides an overview and encompassing representation of the mobilization of experts, and of selected types of evidence, in Italy in 2020. Their findings suggest that expert politics can lead to the confirmation of knowledge hierarchies that privilege hard sciences, and corroborate prior literature indicating that economic and social expertise has not been well integrated into public health expert advice, constituting a major challenge for policymaking during an emergency. You can find further information here as well as the full article published in nature here.
When: 5 May 2023, 12:00 – 14:00
Where: Conference room (A222), Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor, 1010 Vienna
The pandemic has had a profound impact on our environment. Lockdown measures have resulted in significantly reduced levels of air pollution, and what may be the first time we have begun to see noticeable changes in the world we live in. Despite this, it seems that the climate emergency has been put on hold while attention and resources have focused on fighting the pandemic.
As part of our King’s Experts Series, join us as we ask our panel: What lessons can we learn from the pandemic when it comes to climate change and the environment? Will coming out of lockdown undo the progress already made? What are some of the parallels that can be drawn between the impact of the pandemic and climate change?
The event is organised by and for KCL Alumni but open to all interested parties and you can sign up here:
For those who are unable to join via Zoom, we will also be live-streaming the discussion on our Alumni YouTube channel.
At this event
Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society
Head of the Department of Geography
How does a doctor know which patient to save during a pandemic, when resources can be limited? And how ethical is it to put everyone under lockdown? Does trust in our government predict whether we will socially distance ourselves?
In this in conversation episode of WORLD: we got this, we speak with Dr Silvia Camporesi, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, and Caitlin Gardiner, an A&E doctor in London and a King’s master’s student in Bioethics & Society. We explore our personal experiences living and working in the UK, Italy and South Africa during this strange time and how bioethics comes into practice.
You can listen to the episode of KCL podcast “World, we got this: Ethics and pandemics” here:
and access the transcript of the conversation here.
Many thanks Julia Stepowska for inviting us to have a chat with you about ethics and pandemics!