Human behaviour is at the heart of pandemic transmission and at the heart of its suppression. During the COVID pandemic, UK psychologists have drawn on their theories, methods and evidence to provide advice to policy makers. The translation of this advice into policies is not direct and often not transparent, raising questions about the nature of the science/policy relationship. Science has many ways of informing policy. Channels include formal Government structures, ad hoc and informal groups and networks, individual relationships and press, broadcasting and social media. This talk will present some of this advice, consider the science/policy relationship and raise questions about lessons learnt for UK society following this pandemic.
The lecture will be followed by an Afternoon Tea Reception at St Anne’s College. To secure your place for both the seminar and the Afternoon Tea Reception please register via Eventbrite using the booking link below.