Pandemic Controversies workshop, Jan 2013

Pandemic Flu Controversies:
What have we learned?

Over 50 international experts from science, policy, the media and academia discussed what recent controversies can teach us about possible future responses to pandemic influenza outbreaks during a two-day workshop at Sussex University in January 2013.
Pandemic preparedness approaches are steeped in controversy. From virus names, to research safety, intellectual property, the use of modelling and the role of industry, everything is contested. This workshop, convened by the ESRC STEPS Centre and the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex, examined in depth why controversies have emerged around pandemic flu, in order to inform future approaches.

Workshop resources

Workshop report:  Pandemic Flu Controversies: What Have We Learned? Reflections from a workshop to discuss lessons, policy implications and future challenges
by Stefan Elbe, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones

In the news: Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Stefan Elbe blog for the Huffington Post on Pandemic Controversies (24 Jan 2013)

Pandemic Influenza resources: Papers, books, articles, multimedia and more

Video Interviews: We asked delegates at the workshop: "What can recent pandemic flu controversies and debates teach us about taking forward the One Health agenda?"

Photo gallery: Images from the workshop

In depth: Programme and participants

New publications

Paper: To Pandemic or Not? Reconfiguring Global Responses to Influenza
A new STEPS Centre Working Paper by Paul Forster (Jan 2013) examines the H1N1 outbreak of 2009-10 and argues for pandemic preparedness and response efforts to be re-ordered around the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Briefing: Swine flu: What went wrong? 
Short briefing to accompany Paul Forster's new Working Paper

New projects

Centre for Global Health Policy: Pharmaceuticals and Security: The Role of Public-Private Collaborations in Strengthening Global Health Security

STEPS Centre: Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium
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