The articles in this special issue enable us not only to reflect upon changes in rep- resentation, identity and human reactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to antici- pate the effects of future health crises. More generally, they demonstrate the multitude of ways in which research can and should be conducted, but also the value in ensuring a coordinated research effort that seeks to synthesise research findings. It should be noted that in all the arti- cles in the special issue there is a strong focus upon social psychological theory. This is based upon the premise that evidence-based policy approaches to risk reactions that are grounded in robust, testable theory are more likely to be effective. The social sciences have a crucial role to play in enhancing future pandemic preparedness. This special issue presents some key foci for research that seeks to do so.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the British Academy
|Published - 14 Dec 2023
- social psychology
- pandemic preparedness