Overall theme

The 2021 lectures will be on ‘Navigating the COVID challenge’ and will be held in partnership with Franklin Templeton, as an extension of their academic partnership scheme in which the college is a current partner. Under this overall theme, the lectures will focus on different aspects, ranging from framing the coronavirus challenge to key lessons for recovery strategies to measuring the actual progress towards a better future these strategies deliver.

Theme: Navigating the COVID challenge

After more than nine months, as of December 2020, the world is still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 1.5 million deaths already, and infections still rising dramatically around the world, in countries as diverse as the USA, Turkey and India, governments are still scrambling to contain the impact of the pandemic. The public health interventions have major knock-on effects on economies, thus giving citizens major economic as well as major health worries.

As citizens try to make sense of how the pandemic is progressing and, more particularly, how effectively their governments are managing its impact on their lives, they have been subject to a tsunami of conflicting commentary, from scientists, journalists, pundits of different hues and, of course, politicians. We all hope that the newly arriving vaccines will prove a turning point in the overall management of the pandemic, but it seems clear the pandemic, and particularly its economic effects, will be with us for some time.

Drawing on its research base (encompassing medicine, public policy and management) Green Templeton is using this latest lecture series to try to provide an opportunity for the intelligent non-specialist to stand back and reflect on some of the deeper issues the frenetic experience of the last nine months has raised. In particular, what are some of the key questions they should have for their governments when they come up with the inevitable ‘build back better’ plans for recovering from COVID.

The series will comprise three lectures exploring different aspects of the overall theme.  The series is directed by Green Templeton Emeritus Fellow Dr Marshall Young.

Framing the COVID challenge

Wednesday 27 January 2021, 18:00 GMT
Professor Rafael Ramírez and Professor Trudie Lang
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Key lessons from COVID for recovery strategies

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 18:00 GMT
Dr Giulio Boccaletti
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Measuring progress towards a better future

Trinity term – to be announced
Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz
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For more information about the lectures, please contact events@gtc.ox.ac.uk.