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Poverty, insecurity and migration: reducing COVID-19 risks and vulnerabilities

22 October 2020│5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Panel discussion as part of the SOAS University of London Festival of Ideas 2020

SOAS has an international reputation for conducting ethical, long-term social science field work and this is of vital importance in the COVID-19 crisis. In the global south many are not able to settle and millions move in search of diversified livelihoods in order to survive. With COVID-19 these mobile populations are viewed with fear and suspicion and the long-term research findings from SOAS are necessary to demonstrate how such groups are exploited and to propose solutions to their dilemmas and to the COVID-19 challenges. Drugs & (dis)order Principal Investigator Jonathan Goodhand, joins SOAS colleagues on a panel to discuss.


  • Professor Laura Hammond
  • Dr Aicha Belkadi
  • Dr Sreya Banerjea
  • Professor Jonathan Goodhand
  • Professor Alison Scott-Baumann

These panellists will discuss their research and its added significance in times of pandemic.

This event is part of the Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas which will kick off a week-long series of virtual events. The festival includes: panel discussions, student led installations, masterclasses, keynote lectures, a public debate for/against on Decolonising Knowledge and a Verbatim performance by Bhuchar Boulevard on ‘Decolonising Not Just a Buzzword’ capturing SOAS conversations about the need to decolonise its imperial mission.

Keep updated on the upcoming Virtual Festival of Ideas events and watch recordings of previous events on the SOAS website. Please contact foi@Soas.ac.uk with any questions regarding this event and/or the Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas.

Please support SOAS Festival of Ideas by donating to our crowdfunding campaign at https://soas.hubbub.net/p/SOASFestivalofIdeas/. All proceeds go to supporting the speakers, performers, and artists involved.




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