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The aim of this series is to preserve the breadth of the approaches taken by Pandemic and beyond researchers in addressing the COVID-19 crisis, showcasing a form of arts and humanities research that has learned how to respond to, and mitigate, COVID-19 as it unfolded, and that has constantly adapted its methods and research questions to ongoing developments and the needs of research participants. The books were published by MUP on 21st April, 2024.

Caroline is Co-editor (with Melanie Smallmand, UCL) of Volume 4, Governance, democracy and ethics in crisis-decision-making. In the book, we consider what it means to be in a decision-making situation where rational or epistemic framings of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on data and scientific ways of knowing the world, rub up against more entangled human experiences and existences. How can (or should) we re-focus our perspectives and our systems as a result? Looking at matters ranging from the authority of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the power of data during an emergency, to the role of public engagement as a source of policy evidence, the chapter authors reflect on what it means to govern ethically in a pandemic, and whether (and how) the expected standards and norms of public life, evidence and decision-making apply in such circumstances. We also reflect on how power, authority, trust and the sense of the ending of the pandemic are inextricably linked, creating a need for ethics to move beyond normative assertions of the law and regulations, whether in hospitals or in the halls of parliamentary power.
Period21 May 2020
Type of publisherPublisher
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • covid-19
  • Governance
  • Ethics
  • crisis-decision-making