The COVID-19 LSE Response Fund was launched last year with the goal of funding new research initiative projects, knowledge exchange activities, and providing seed funding for activities in response to the crisis.
To date, gifts from alumni and supporters have helped support a number of projects and activities which would not otherwise have been possible, including:
- Covid Shortcasts. 20-minute digested versions of LSE online public events, including:
- How Much is Your Health Worth? (with Baroness Minouche Shafik, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Mariana Mazzucato, March 2021)
- Financing a Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19 (with Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, Sharan Burrow, Rathin Roy and Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas)
- Gender and COVID-19: a feminist economic lens (with Professor Naila Kabeer)
- The Duck-Rabbit podcast. Creator and presenter Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, journeys through polarised culture to find a way through the divisions that make us miserable. With expert guests, Paul discusses the neuroscience and social science behind the polarisation problem, and whether the pandemic has fundamentally changed our relationship with the state and what it can tell us to do, among other important topics.
- COVID-19 research projects. Seed-funding for research projects currently underway include:
- Perceptions of human-robot relationships in the post-COVID world,
- The role of scientific advice in emergency policy-making,
- Investment migration in a post-COVID world, with findings expected to be reported in the online LSE magazine, Research for the World, soon.
The Shaping the post-COVID world programme draws together discussions that have happened over the course of the last year across ten main themes: the macro economy; inequality and social infrastructure; health and social care; environmental sustainability and climate change; welfare and public policy trade-offs; governance and state capacity; democracy and rights; the future of cities; and the experience of young people.
Support of the COVID-19 LSE Response Fund helps fund research solutions for a world in need, recalling LSE’s original mission to ‘know the causes of things for the betterment of society'. In a moment of great instability and uncertainty, and after a difficult decade, there is a great opportunity to build back better, creating inclusivity and sustainable growth. Your philanthropy is helping to shape ideas for impact by supporting new research, addressing the challenges we face, both in terms of limiting the social and economic effects of the pandemic and helping to shape a better post-COVID-19 world.