Good information is required for good decision making: Why transdisciplinarity matters

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE The science we need for good public policy is by necessity a transdisciplinary science. In countries such as Germany, natural scientists were joined from the outset in dealing with the pandemic by experts from social sciences and even normative disciplines like philosophical ethics. This transparent inclusivity of a range of perspectives was not, however, universal.

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Special Reports – ‘The Future is Now’ – ‘Social Cohesion’ – ‘NZ’s Place in the World’

Koi Tū SPECIAL REPORTS Two reports on how New Zealand and the world can emerge from the COVID pandemic with a fairer, happier and more resilient society. These papers are instructive for all countries as they turn to face what the future could look like.

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Reflections on the evidentiary-politics interface

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE The long-term consequences of these different approaches to the provision of science inputs will not be known for some time. But the variability itself compels a focus on the interface between evidence and political decisions in a way that is only possible given this unique situation.

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Ignored and Invisible – Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE As the world is literally on a standstill due to COVID-19, vulnerable groups like urban IDPs are more weakened and more prone to experiencing injustice and inequalities. They often have limited or even non-existent access to basic services excluding them from most forms of aid and assistance.

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This is the best time to plan for urban Africa’s next health emergency

Health, it turns out, is everybody’s business. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this clear, laying bare the gaping cracks in our societal systems that have driven the emergence and unprecedented transmission of a novel coronavirus; and highlighting the need for a more health-aligned societal reset.… Read More

Governments knew a pandemic was a threat – here’s why they weren’t better prepared

How is it possible that we were not ready? Not only had Bill Gates been banging on about this for a long time, but pandemics also featured strongly on regional and national risk registers produced by governments and bureaucrats, as well as international registers from non-governmental organisations.… Read More

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