COVID-19 has highlighted the compounding risks that systemic disruptions pose in an increasingly interconnected world. As the UK slowly emerges from the pandemic, we have an opportunity not just to rebuild but to redesign our social and economic systems. There is now wide agreement that recovery efforts must support both human wellbeing and environmental sustainability, in a manner that is inclusive and prioritises those most vulnerable. However, translating this vision into concrete policies and governance mechanism remains an ongoing challenge. Importantly, such responses must also take into account the need to prepare for future large-scale risks, from climate change to novel health emergencies. This panel discussion brings together leading experts from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss the prospects for “building back better”, towards a more sustainable and resilient future.
• Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the UK National Preparedness Commission
• Amanda Janoo, Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance
• Rowan Douglas, Head of Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson
The event will be chaired by Dr Carina Fearnley, Associate Professor in Science Communication at the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Director of the UCL Warning Research Centre.
This event is hosted by the UCL Global Governance Institute and the UCL Warning Research Centre. It is supported by UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Global Environment Domain.