Di Giulio and Monteiro discuss their work on Covid-19 recovery at University of York

Gabriela Di Giulio and Marko Monteiro participated in a discussion on the recovery from crises – Brazilian public health and environment reflections at University of York on May 19, 2022. The event examined the ways in which recovery from pandemic- and climate change-induced disasters can present opportunities for social change as much as amplifying pre-existing vulnerabilities in societies. 

Di Giulio delivers lecture at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Gabriela Di Giulio presented her paper, “Risk, emergency and sustainability: Reflections on the Brazilian context for global health,” at the LEC Seminar at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. In her talk, Di Giulio argued that there is a need of a global health approach that enables us to better understand how Covid-19 pandemic and other systemic crises are the result of complex interactions between environment and social actions, and how their synergistic and cumulative effects demand deep changes in the pattern of civilization and urgent transformations for a more adapted future.

Monteiro participates in INCEPTION Symposium at Institut Pasteur, Paris

Brazil team’s Marko Monteiro made a presentation, titled Health technologies and pandemics: building resilient governance, at the INCEPTION Symposium – Social Sciences and Biology for Understanding Emerging Diseases, organized by Institut Pasteur, Paris on November 25-26, 2021. Monteiro’s talk was based on his co-authored book chapter, “Global Health and Planetary Health,” which proposes principles for global governance of emerging bio risks and ways to increase resilience to withstand future risks. This work is a product of the cooperation around the Global Technology Assessment network.

Monteiro presents findings at the Brazilian Association for Research in Social Science Annual Meeting

Marko Monteiro participated in a roundtable on the politics of responding to Covid 19 in Brazil, sanitary democracy and the right to health at at 2021 Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Research in Social Science (ANPOCS). The event was organized between October 19 and 27, 2021, and Monteiro’s paper, Covid 19 in Brazil: Controversies and the politics of expertise, explored the politics of expertise in Brazil in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Brazilian team publishes an analysis of vaccine politics in Brazil

The piece, which addresses disputes over the authorization and rollout of vaccines, appeared in Backchannels, the Society for Social Studies of Science blog. The post links anti-vaccine sentiment to political rupture between João Doria, São Paulo’s governor, and President Jair Bolsonaro.   

University of São Paulo Journal explores Brazilian and US pandemic response

The USP Journal described the CompCoRe Interim Report in an article titled “Tensões políticas levaram Brasil a fracassar no combate à covid-19, aponta relatório”(“Political tensions have led Brazil to fail to combat covid-19, report says,”). The article discussed the similarities between the Brazilian and US responses to the pandemic, quoting Marko Monteiro (Brazil team) on how political polarization has been detrimental to the effective containment of the virus. Full article in Portuguese here and English translation here.

Eisenberger and team present first findings from REASON

Iris Eisenberger and Nikolaus Pöchhacker (Austria team) shared early findings from their project on “REASON – Legal requirements for statistical modelling” at the University of Graz. By analyzing the Austrian government’s press conferences on the coronavirus,  they show that referencing “science” helped resolve the tension between rational decision-making and epistemic uncertainty. However, these appeals to “science” remained vague and did not cite specific research organizations, scientists, or publications.

Jornal da Unicamp publishes article highlighting Brazil’s participation in CompCoRe

An article titled “Por que respostas tão diferentes à pandemia?” (Why are there such different responses to the pandemic?) noted Brazil as an important case in the study and reviewed initial CompCoRe findings. Comments from Brazil team members Marko Monteiro and Alberto Urbinatti describe how the project is helping to shed light on Brazil’s pandemic response.

More countries join CompCore Network

A generous grant from Schmidt Futures allowed the project to add Australia, Brazil, and India as core members of the network and full participants in the study. Research groups from Peru, Indonesia and an African team became affiliates of the CompCoRe network.
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