• COVID-19 and the complexity of connectivity

    Evelyn Goh     |      April 14, 2020

    Like the Global Financial Crisis, this pandemic shows the costs of connectivity can outweigh its benefits. The trade-off between connectivity and resilience – society’s ability to bounce back from systemic shock – will have to reassessed in the future to prevent similar catastrophes.

  • Beware the second wave of infection

    Nic Geard     |      April 13, 2020

    Australia appears to be getting on top of the coronavirus outbreak, but relaxing the social distancing regulations too early could see a second wave of community infections unravel all the good work that’s been done.

  • What will the “new normal” look like?

    Jonathan Liberman     |      April 11, 2020

    With governments bringing in strict measures to control the spread of COVID-19, there’s a growing sense that the new post-emergency ‘normal’ may be very different from the way we lived before.

  • How are you doing?

    Jane Fisher     |      April 11, 2020

    How well are you managing under these unprecedented health restrictions? A 10 minute University survey, open to everyone over 18 in the country, is looking for your input to find out how the country is coping.

  • Counting the psychological cost of the lockdown

    Emma Young     |      April 10, 2020

    Will the social distancing and extreme hygiene practices advocated to fight COVID-19 be harmful or helpful for the long term?

  • The lessons from game theory the contrarians ignore

    Richard Holden     |      April 10, 2020

    There are claims our social-distancing measures are too extreme, but good economists – and game theorists – have good reason to disagree.

  • Q&A – How the world is coping with COVID-19

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      April 10, 2020

    UNSW Sydney’s Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, says the world will never be the same again following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Cometh the hour, cometh the Morrison?

    Open Forum     |      April 9, 2020

    Leaders are often defined by how they respond to disasters – historically, the greatest leaders have steered us through the darkest times – and Scott Morrison’s premiership will be remembered for how he handled the coronavirus crisis.

  • Making the best of isolation

    Terry Bowles     |      April 8, 2020

    Self-isolation needn’t be a burden; it can be an opportunity for self-reflection and renewal. Here are some tips for preparing yourself and, possibly even, enjoying the experience.

  • Lessons from past pandemics

    John Tang     |      April 8, 2020

    From the bubonic plague to the Spanish flu, pandemics are not new, but the modern world brings with it amazing advancements and particular challenges.

  • The world has to work together

    Ramesh Thakur     |      April 6, 2020

    The death of globalisation and global institutions in the face of COVID-19 is much exaggerated. A universal pulling up of drawbridges behind national moats would do collective self-harm.

  • Humanising the containment of COVID-19

    John Harley Breen     |      April 5, 2020

    An ‘every nation for itself’ approach risks heightening tensions at a time of waning trust in governments and rising geopolitical tensions.