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Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Covid-19 decade: Understanding the long-term societal impacts

Time: 10am to 11am

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. This is especially true when it comes to exacerbating pre-pandemic inequalities. Join the panel to debate how to 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 spirit to overcome the scale of challenges ahead?

This event is brought to you in partnership with The David Hume InstituteIt is chaired by Siobhian Brown MSP, Convener of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee.


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

Professor Dominic Abrams, FBA: Dominic Abrams is Professor of Social Psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent.

His research examines all aspects of relations between different social groups and the behaviour of groups in general. He is a chartered psychologist, a Fellow (and recent Vice President for Social Sciences) of the British Academy and several academic and professional associations - including the Academy of the Social Sciences, the American Psychological Society and European Association of Social Psychology - and is a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Presidents’ award for distinguished contribution to psychology.

Dominic served as academic lead on the British Academy's 'COVID Decade' reports which were published earlier this year and brought together the existing evidence on the societal impacts of the pandemic.

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

Talat is a campaigner and consultant who has worked on system and policy change across equality and social justice issues. She has worked in further and higher education, women’s labour market equality, women’s political representation, and public participation in policy making.

She is the co-founded of the Women 50:50, advocating for fair representation of women in politics and in 2019 she founded Pass the Mic, a project to amplify the voices and expertise of women of colour. She is a member of the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Susan Murray, Director, David Hume Institute

Susan has been Director of the David Hume Institute since November 2019. Prior to this she was an executive and non-executive director providing strategic advice and support to organisations. Susan was a founding Trustee of the ICAS Foundation, an organisation working hard to change the diversity of young people entering the finance profession. Susan has studied at the University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Aberdeen Business School and is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow. She was previously a Board member of NatureScot (formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage).

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