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How COVID-19 Can Drive Transformational Change in Cities

Aniruddha Dasgupta asks - When cities move from crisis management to recovery, how can we make sure these unexpected positive experiences and the large gaps in urban systems that the crisis has exposed translate into more resilient, more inclusive cities?

07.05.2020

Bridging the gap in science communication

In this personal reflection in response to ISC President Daya Reddy's letter to members in April, anthropologist Stephen Naji explores the issues around being a scientist in the public and private spheres during the pandemic.

05.05.2020

The Pandemic and the Global Economy

Developing countries face collapsing international trade, falling remittances, sharp reversals of capital flows, and currency depreciation. Only bold policies—debt relief, international financing, planning, and more—will avert further catastrophe, says Jayati Ghosh

05.05.2020

COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics

There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes economic growth at any cost. We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future ones.

30.04.2020

The human: an alternative ground for ‘development’

Anthony Bogues argues that we need to move beyond focusing on development with all its historical baggage and focus instead on the ‘human’, which would mean rethinking human life itself and the sustainability of human life on this planet.

29.04.2020

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