Prospective authors are encouraged to contribute to the conference through submissions of their research papers. Original and unpublished research of a conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental or theoretical nature that addresses themes and topics of the conference is highly welcome. Contributions from faculty, research scholars, policymakers, practitioners and other professional are appreciated. The topics include but are not limited to the following subthemes.
Session-1: The Economy and Covid-19
- Economic and Business impacts. Loss of revenue & employment, shrinking economies and loss of market confidence. Rescue packages, their effectiveness, and their impact on different sectors of the economy.
- International Trade and Trade policy, Structural Change, Inequalities and Development.
- Agriculture & Economy: Emerging Challenges of Food and Agricultural Production
- Infrastructure, Transport, Building Industry, MSMEs & Home-based Industry
- Banking & Investment, Monetary Policy, Credit, Finance in the short and long run
- Demography and Household Economics: How assets and liabilities of households are influenced by the pandemic; loss of human capital & deterioration of the labour market in the post-pandemic economic environment.
- Micro econometrics: Regional and Urban Economics, Work Organization and Employment Relations
Session-2: The Pandemic and the Social Order
- Society after pandemic; How the pandemic is shaping society; Coronavirus: a ‘breaching experiment’? Is it exposing the cracks and fissures of our class-driven ‘fractured society’?
- Industrial Migration and Social Mobility;
- Covid-19 and Human Rights- the unintended consequences: Violation of human rights across the spectrum, including economic and social rights, and civil and political rights: Digital rights, rights of people with disabilities, Rights of Migrants, Child Rights.
Session-3: Health: Emerging Landscape of Infectious Diseases
- Pharmaceutical& Health industry.
- Leadership and responsibility: the relationship between politicians and scientists during a public health crisis, public trust in politicians; public health collaborations between states, with WHO in a globalized world.
- Psychological considerations: Individual and collective responses to the crisis: altruism, egoism, and everything in between; Coping in self-isolation; technology’s role for facilitating communication during lockdowns and for distributing public health information: i.e. government distributed text messages, or Instagram’s ‘stay home’ features.
Session-4: Emerging Contours of Geopolitics
- Political Economy and Institutions; Trends in Public-Private Partnerships
- The impact of different governance systems on the curtailment of the virus: Our ability to conduct democracy without full freedom of movement; changes to planned legislation
- End of Globalisation? Will our world remain globalized, or will it witness a return to greater localization? How will politics change post-pandemic? Geopolitics in Indo-Pacific region; Great Power Rivalry; Global Governance and Institutional responses
- Health diplomacy: Confrontational strategies- a threat to global health security
- Vaccine Nationalism: Why vaccines produced need to be shared globally; Global, not national recovery- a must
Session-5: Stressed Systems: Law, Order and Public Services
- Lockdown and challenges of Law enforcement
- Health care
- Social services and Utilities
- Tourism & hospitality;
- Public transport;
- Aviation sector
- Impact on Children, Senior Citizens and Women: Malnourishment, Abuse & Depression
Session-6: Environment and Resources
- Sustainable Growth and Development: Resource efficiency for healthy living spaces and strategies to conserve nature and its resources.
- The Environmental Impact: Impact of reduced air travel; Pandemic good or bad for the climate?
- Impact on Agriculture and Food Security
- Covid-19: Rethinking water resource security
- Forests and fisheries
Session-7: Culture, Education and Media
- Cultural considerations: the impact of the cancellation of many national cultural events, the postponement of the Olympics and the ramifications for all affiliated sporting bodies; the impact of closed museums, cinemas and public events of many kinds on our cultural lives and identities; the impact of cancelled conferences on ongoing academic discourse and knowledge exchange.
- Linguistic and communication-related considerations: the rapid collective adoption of new phrases, i.e. in the English language ‘social distancing’; the use of hashtags to drive behaviour i.e. #stayhomesavelives, #quedateencasa.
- Education considerations: the impact of closed schools, cancelled exams, online teaching and assessments; establishing new best practices.
- Covid-19 and the Media: Voices in the Pandemic: Social Media; Fake News; Polarization of the Media; Mistrust in Times of Crisis, Now and in the future.
Submission: Submit abstract by 5 Sept 2020