On fragility and resilience in the public response to the pandemic

We are delighted to welcome Prof Stephen Reicher to a virtual discussion on the public response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday 1st March at 7pm.

Stephen is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews. He advises both the UK and Scottish Governments on the behavioural science of COVID-19 and is also a member of Independent SAGE. Stephen’s work focusses on the psychology of group processes and he has studied, amongst other things, crowd action, behaviour in emergencies, leadership, intergroup relations and processes of social influence. Stephen is a regular contributor to the Guardian and to broadcast interviews about the public response to the pandemic.

In this online talk he will be considering the public response to COVID-19 and, in particular, the repeated concern that people would show ‘behavioural fatigue’ and lack the ‘grit’ to abide by measures designed to control the pandemic. He will argue that, not only is the notion of ‘behavioural fatigue’ conceptually and empirically flawed, but also that it is counter-productive to see the public as a problem. This undermines a sense of shared identity between the public and authorities, weakening trust and adherence. Instead, an effective pandemic response depends upon seeing and treating the public as a partner, supporting rather than blaming them, celebrating their adherence rather than focussing on violation. Stephen's talk will be followed by a discussion and the chance to ask him your questions. 

This event does not have an entrance fee but if you are able to make a small donation of £3-£5 to cover costs, that will be greatly appreciated. Joining details will be sent out after registration so please look out for the email acknowledging your RSVP. 

March 01, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8pm
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