There has been a very positive response to the request from the Academia Europaea Board for published papers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of papers received to date:
In his article titled ‘COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the “Spanish flu”: historical moments and social transformations’, Peter Wagner MAE reflects on the possibility that the COVID-19 crisis could trigger major and desirable social change.
In a review titled ‘Psychiatric face of COVID-19’ by Luca Steardo Jr, Luca Steardo MAE and Alex Verkhratsky MAE, the authors discuss the serious clinical challenges posed by COVID-19 systemic inflammation that can affect the central nervous system and aggravate mental health disorders.
Ole Petersen MAE describes, in a peer-reviewed article published in FUNCTION, an entirely unexpected link between SARS-COV-2 infection and physiological calcium signalling, thereby providing new insights into the mechanism by which this virus enters the cells in our body.
Public health and healthcare ethics
Martin McKee MAE has co-authored a paper entitled ‘Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response.’
Martin McKee’s MAE website contains links to all his papers, interviews and other activities relating to COVID-19.
Data and mathematical modelling
Robert Lew MAE is working (in collaboration with Dr Wojciech Młocek) on a mathematical model to predict the course of COVID-19 in individual countries. The work has been submitted to a major journal (preprint on medRxiv) and there is a daily-updated online dashboard publicly available.
An alternative static-page presentation, with more countries, new case forecasts, and country comparisons is available here.
Josep Domingo-Ferrer MAE is one of a group of scientists making recommendations on personal data and privacy in the context of COVID-19 apps, in an article in Transactions on Data Privacy.
and the online daily news journal published by the Geophysical Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences [in Russian].
Desheng Wu MAE in collaboration with David L Olson wrote the book ‘Pandemic risk management in operations and finance’ – modelling the Impact of COVID-19. The book provides a review of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on finance and supply chain operations.
Kathrin Golda-Pongratz MAE in her guest article ‘Dignified housing (in times of pandemic and beyond)’ discusses how lockdown during COVID19 pandemic has exposed inequalities and lack of access to adequate housing. This article was first published in Spanish in The Conversation, a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers.
Chris Hann MAE considers the impact of the pandemic on labour mobility, home working and householding, as part of a blog series for COMPAS, the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, a research centre at the University of Oxford.
Jeroen van den Bergh MAE wrote an analysis article in the Spanish newspaper El Periódico. He argues that Spain can develop an integrated strategy to deal with the coronavirus crisis and promote low-carbon options. He proposes four types of taxes to achieve sustainability. Spain unlike many other European countries does not have a carbon emission tax.
Professor van den Bergh MAE, in collaboration with Eric Galbraith, wrote a letter to Nature titled ‘Tax carbon to aid economic recovery’. In their letter they discuss how the fall in fossil-fuel prices offers governments a chance to offset the potentially massive public debt incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his blog piece [in French] on the website of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Roberto Casati MAE considers temporal factors and decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter Wagner MAE participated in the symposium Social World and Pandemic. The event was a joint initiative of the journal Sociologia & Antropologia, the Brazilian Society of Sociology and the Social Thought Virtual Library Blog (BVPS in Portuguese).
Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE (in collaboration with Gokhan Karabulut, Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin and Asli Cansin Doker) published the paper titled ‘Inter-country distancing, globalisation and the coronavirus pandemic’. The article analyses the impact of globalisation on the speed of initial transmission to a country and on the scale of initial infections in the context of other driving factors. The open access paper was published in The World Economy.
Professor Zimmermann was co-organiser of the virtual conference on “The Economics of COVID-19”. The conference was jointly organised by The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University and the Global Labor Organization (GLO). The meeting provided a platform for economists to exchange ideas on the pressing economic issues arising during the global pandemic.
Professor Zimmermann leads the Global Labor Organization (GLO) Thematic Cluster Coronavirus. The cluster facilitates efforts of members of the GLO network to understand the challenges of the new virus and to support the development of strategies to manage it and to learn for future pandemics.
He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of
Population Economics, the leading outlet in its field. The open access journal offers rapid evaluation of academic research on COVID-19. The first published paper assesses the Chinese experience of social and economic factors behind the pandemic crisis.
Request for further contributions
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