Academy of Humanities: seeking expertise on COVID-19

As part of the their advice to government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy of Humanities are compiling a database of expertise in this space.

To develop a comprehensive picture, they would appreciate your feedback on humanities capabilities (your own or researchers you know), across a broad range of disciplines, taking in cultural, social, historical, communications and linguistic expertise.

Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Comparative expertise relating to previous epidemics or pandemics including SARS, HIV/AIDS.
  • Bioethics and public health policy – including decision-making frameworks for individuals and institutions.
  • Responsiveness, recovery and resilience – in particular, social and cultural capacities of individuals and communities to respond to extreme events, including the role of arts and culture.
  • Social, emotional and cultural impacts of ‘self isolation’ and ‘social distancing’.
  • Ethical decision-making in times of disaster or crisis.
  • Media and communications, including digital access, engagement and well-being.

We urge you to assist the Academy in building this important resource. Please send your responses to the questions below to Director Policy and Research, Dr Kylie Brass (

Response requirements

  • Name
  • Email
  • Institution
  • Summary of expertise area(s) [50 words max]
  • Detailed expertise area [Include links to relevant projects & publications]
  • International collaborators [Provide details of past, current or planned collaborations]
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