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    COVID-19 in the UK: where are all the women?

    COVID-19 in the UK: where are all the women?

    Contributor(s): Mandu Reid, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Mary-Ann Stephenson, Dr Clare Wenham | Women’s vulnerability must be considered in pandemic preparedness and response.
    We look at the role of UK policymakers in re-establishing the path to a more equal society for men and women in this context and draw comparisons with other countries who are doing well, and who have also fallen shy of the mark.
    While there have been significant advances in gender equality in the past 30 years, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undo much of this good work in countries across the globe. School closures, lockdowns and reduced access to healthcare are just some of the ways the pandemic is already exaggerating existing gender disparities.
    Meet our speakers and chair
    Mandu Reid (@ManduReid) has been Leader of the Women’s Equality Party since April 2019. She is also the party's candidate for the 2021 London mayoral election. Mandu Reid is an LSE graduate and has previously held roles at HM Treasury, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Greater London Authority.
    Bell Ribeiro-Addy (@BellRibeiroAddy) is the Labour MP for her home constituency of Streatham. Born and raised in Brixton Hill, Bell is a dedicated feminist, anti-racist and trade unionist who currently sits on the Women & Equalities Committee in Parliament.
    Mary-Ann Stephenson (@WomensBudgetGrp) is Director of the Women’s Budget Group. Mary-Ann has worked for women’s equality and human rights for over twenty years as a campaigner, researcher and trainer. She was previously Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission.
    Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) is Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at LSE. She specialises in global health security, the politics and policy of pandemic preparedness and outbreak response. She has researched this for over a decade, through influenza, Ebola and Zika. Her research poses questions of global governance, the role of WHO and World Bank, national priorities and innovative financing for pandemic control. More recently she has been examining the role of women in epidemics and associated policy. For COVID-19, Clare is Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the CIHR and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation analysing the gendered dimensions of the outbreak.
    Nicola Lacey CBE is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at LSE. She has held a number of visiting appointments, most recently at Harvard Law School and at New York University Law School. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
    More about this event
    This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.
    The Department of Health Policy (@LSEHealthPolicy) trains and inspires people passionate about health by advancing and challenging their understanding of health systems and the social, economic and political contexts in which they operate.

    • 57 min
    Digital by Default: the COVID-19 generation

    Digital by Default: the COVID-19 generation

    Contributor(s): Patricio Cuevas-Parra, Laurie Day, Maya Göetz, Konstantinos Papachristou | Almost overnight, following lockdown, children’s lives became digital by default. We critically reflect on how children’s experiences, needs and rights are being, and could be better, served in a digital world.
    COVID-19 transformed society’s reliance on digital technologies as the infrastructure for work, family, education, health and more. Supposedly the digital natives are ahead of their parents and other adults in being media-savvy. In practice, children face unique challenges.
    Social science has identified a range of adverse consequences, including digital exclusion, edtech inequalities, child sexual abuse and unmet mental health needs - notwithstanding that many educational and welfare services also became digital by default.
    Meet our speakers and chair
    Patricio Cuevas-Parra (@PatricioCuevasP) is the Director of Child Participation and Rights at World Vision International, and a children's rights advocate who manages research and information analysis on social justice issues affecting children and young people. He has published a variety of books and reports on the topics of children's rights, child participation, indigenous children and gender equality.
    Laurie Day is a Director at Ecorys UK, with a lead for children, young people and families research. He has over 20 years applied research and evaluation experience, with the UK Government, local authorities and third sector organisations. He is also currently overseeing a study for the European Commission on the role of digital tools in supporting inclusive education across Europe, and a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation exploring the social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis with young action researchers.
    Maya Göetz is Head of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) at the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corp), Munich, and of the PRIX JEUNESSE Foundation. Her main field of work is research in the area of children, youth and television, and has published more than 240 articles and 14 books within the field.
    Konstantinos Papachristou is the Youth Lead in the “#CovidUnder19 - Life Under Coronavirus” global research project and the creator of Teens4greece, an online forum for young people to express their ideas to help Greece.
    Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She has published 20 books, including her latest co-authored publication, Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children's Lives.
    More about this event
    This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.
    The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) is a world-leading centre for education and research in communication and media studies at the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London. The Department is ranked #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the field of media and communications (2020 QS World University Rankings).

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    How to Be Effective Leaders in the Context of Organisational Change

    How to Be Effective Leaders in the Context of Organisational Change

    Contributor(s): Dr Emma Soane, Dr Rebecca Newton, Professor Sandy Pepper | Effective leadership is essential in any organisation. In an uncertain world, resilient leaders are more important than ever to the survival and success of a business.
    In this session, Dr Rebecca Newton, Professor Sandy Pepper and Dr Emma Soane will discuss how you can use the dynamics of authentic and transformational leadership to change organisations for the better. They will consider business ethics, as well as character, the need for “good” business and organisational resilience. During their conversation, Rebecca, Sandy and Emma will also reflect on the challenges of leadership development and the practices that foster commitment to change.
    Meet our speakers
    Rebecca Newton is an Organisational Psychologist and Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management at LSE. She has spent 20 years researching and teaching on leadership, change, organisational culture and management practice. Rebecca is a coach and adviser to leadership teams globally. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Change Management, is the author of Authentic Gravitas: Who Stands Out and Why, and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review. She is a Course Convenor on LSE’s online certificate course Leadership and Change.
    Emma Soane is an Assistant Professor of Management at LSE. Her research examines how individual differences, team working, and organisational environments influence decisions, performance, and risk taking. Her projects include studies of decision processes in financial decision-making, healthcare, IT, and television production. Emma has extensive fieldwork experience in public and private sector organisations, including government departments, local government, NHS hospitals, manufacturing, waste management, and top-tier investment banks. She is a Course Convenor on LSE’s online certificate course Leadership and Change.
    Alexander (Sandy) Pepper is a Professor of Management Practice at LSE. He was previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held various senior management roles. Sandy’s research and teaching interests include organisations and management theory, with a particular focus on the theory of the firm and corporate governance. Sandy is also interested in behavioural and new institutional economics, business ethics, business history, and the relationship between management theory and practice. He is a Course Convenor on LSE’s online certificate course Leadership and Change.
    More about this event
    This event is part of the LSE Festival's 'Skills for a Post-COVID World' series. LSE experts discuss research trends in their field about professional skills we need for success in a post-COVID world. The series is hosted by LSE Executive Education and Online Learning. Find out more about online certificate courses.
    The LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World is running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis and how social science research can shape it.
    Twitter hashtags for this event: #LSEFestival

    • 59 min
    What is Colonial about Global Health?

    What is Colonial about Global Health?

    Contributor(s): Professor Paul Farmer, Dr Mosoka Fallah, Dr Sumegha Asthana | Can COVID-19 invigorate an alternative vision for the future of global health?
    Our panel address the legacy of colonialism within international health systems and ask: what is the relationship between histories of imperialism and health, development and human rights? How can international institutions be reformed to overturn the global North’s dominance in health programming? How might new funding arrangements that empower global South infrastructures affect the public health agenda?
    The pandemic offers an opportunity to critically appraise the current state of global health and its governance structures. In disrupting health systems across the globe, it held a magnifying glass to the way colonial legacies shape the geopolitics of health responses, including power relations between different countries and international organisations. Here we discuss global, regional and local systems of oppression, what decolonisation means in global health, and offer integrative approaches to global health research, policy and practice.
    Meet our speakers and chair
    Sumegha Asthana is a physician, health administrator and a health policy and systems researcher by training. Her public health journey started ten years ago in India with a masters in health administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. After which she worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India as a consultant. This was followed by her doctoral research in social medicine which is based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and focuses on the role of global actors in health systems strengthening in India. Sumegha is a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow (SYLFF) supported by the Tokyo Foundation, Japan and a DAAD scholar under the “A New Passage to India” program at Bielefeld University, Germany. She is an advocate for decolonizing global health and building HPSR capacities in LMICs. She is based in Delhi and works as an independent public health consultant . She is an honorary lecturer at Queen Mary University London, where she teaches global health policy and governance. Sumegha is also the country lead of the India chapter of a global social movement called Women in Global Health, which aims to achieve gender equality in global health leadership.
    Mosoka P Fallah is the Founder and Executive Director of Refuge Place International, an NGO in Liberia addressing access to affordable quality health care for poor urban and rural dwellers. He and his team are currently working to rapidly scale up this successful model across the country. Mosoka was the recent past Director-General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), which he co-founded in 2017. In this capacity, he oversaw the Divisions of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Public Health Laboratory, Medical and Public Health Research, Training and Capacity Building, and Environmental and Occupational Health. Mosoka also helped establish the first Master's of Public Health (MPH) programme in the University of Liberia's College of Health Sciences, previously serving as Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry in the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine. He was named one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2014 for his Ebola relief efforts in Liberia as well as USAID's Liberia Health Worker and Development Person of the Year in 2017 for his work with Refuge Place. Mosoka completed a PhD in Immunology at the University of Kentucky; he subsequently studied Global Health, with a concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
    Paul Farmer holds an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he

    • 55 min
    Financing a Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19

    Financing a Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19

    Contributor(s): Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, Sharan Burrow, Rathin Roy, Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas | How can we combine recovery from COVID-19 with the shift to an inclusive and sustainable global economy?
    Leading figures in government, business and civil society have pledged to “build back better”. In the run-up to the COP26 climate summit in November 2021, there’s a clear need for both greater ambition and greater practicality in mobilising the public and private finance that will be needed for a green and just recovery.
    Meet our speakers and chair
    Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is the Chief Executive Officer of Candriam, a $140bn global multi-specialist asset manager and a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing. He is also the Chairman of New York Life Investments International, in charge of the global development for New York Life Investments, a $560bn asset manager.
    Sharan Burrow (@SharanBurrow) is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.
    Rathin Roy (@EmergingRoy) is Managing Director (Research and Policy) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). His policy interests and research has mainly focused on fiscal and macroeconomic issues pertinent to human development in developing and emerging economies.
    Rhian-Mari Thomas (@RhianMariThomas) is CEO of the Green Finance Institute, backed by UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in banking and was awarded an OBE for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and co-chair of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She is a member of numerous advisory groups and boards across UK Government.
    Nick Robins (@NVJRobins1) is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for a just transition, the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and how the financial system can support the restoration of nature.
    More about this event
    This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis and how social science research can shape it.
    The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@GRI_LSE) was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

    • 59 min
    Scroungers versus Strivers: the myth of the welfare state

    Scroungers versus Strivers: the myth of the welfare state

    Contributor(s): Professor John Hills | This episode is dedicated to social policy giant Professor Sir John Hills, who died in December 2020.
    In this episode, John tackles the myth that the welfare state supports a feckless underclass who cost society huge amounts of money. Instead, he sets out a system where most of what we pay in, comes back to us. He describes a generational contract which we all benefit from, varying on our stage of life.
    His words remain timely after a year of pandemic which has devastated many people’s livelihoods. Many of us have had to rely on state support in ways that we could not have anticipated, perhaps challenging our ideas about what type of person receives benefits in the UK.
    This episode is based on an interview that John did with James Rattee for the LSE iQ podcast in 2017. It coincided with the LSE Festival which celebrated the anniversary of the publication of the ‘Beveridge Report’ in 1947 - a blueprint for a British universal care system by former LSE Director William Beveridge.
    Professor Sir John Hills CBE, was Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at LSE and Chair of CASE. His influential work didn’t just critique government policy on poverty and inequality, it changed it. He advised on a wide range of issues including pensions reform, fuel poverty, council housing, income and wealth distribution.
    Professor John Hills
    Good Times Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us. Bristol: Policy Press by John Hills (2015)

    • 19 min

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