Workshop on the economics of pandemic preparedness


The Jameel Institute at Imperial College London and the Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics in Stockholm invite researchers, scholars and policymakers to submit papers for the first 'Workshop on the economics of pandemic preparedness.' This two-day event aims to provide a platform for sharing and discussing current research, ideas, projects and agenda concerning the economic impacts of pandemics, health system resilience to pandemics and human behaviour during pandemics, in an informal, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The workshop hosts representatives from the Jameel Institute including Katharina Hauck, deputy director of the Jameel Institute, alongside Patrick Doohan, a mathematical modeller at the Jameel Institute, as well as keynote speakers Edith Patouillard, health economist at the World Health Organisation and professor Aditya Goenka, chair in economics at the University of Birmingham.

They are joined by students and researchers from various universities including Imperial College London, Stockholm University, University of Oslo, Brunel University London, Ateneo de Manila University and University of Strasbourg, among others.

The workshop encourages submissions of papers on a wide range of topics related to the economics of pandemic preparedness, such as:

1. Economic modelling and analysis of pandemics and their impact on economies
2. Cost-benefit analyses of public health interventions during pandemics
3. Health system resilience and its economic implications
4. Integrated econ-epi models
5. Behavioural aspects of preparedness
6. Lessons learned from past pandemics

Stockholm, Sweden
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Edith Patouillard

Health economist, WHO Global Malaria Programme

Aditya Goenka

Chair in economics, University of Birmingham

Katharina Hauck

Deputy director, Jameel Institute



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About the event

Registration for this event and submission of papers have now closed. All submissions underwent a peer-review process before selection. Further details regarding registration and submissions are available here.

During the event, workshop participants are expected to actively engage in the workshop proceedings by taking on one or more of the following roles: author, discussant, or chairperson.

  • Author: Present your research findings and insights through paper or poster presentations.
  • Discussant: Provide constructive feedback on other authors' presentations.
  • Chairperson: Facilitate and moderate workshop sessions.


19 June

  • 09:30-09:50: Coffee
  • 09:50-10:00: Katharina Hauck, Imperial College London, Welcome
  • 10:00-11:00: Dr Edith Patouillard, WHO, Strengthening pandemic preparedness and response through integrated modelling
  • 11:00-11:30: Patrick Doohan, Imperial College London, Integrated epidemiological-economic models for pandemic mitigation policies: A scoping review
  • 11:30-11:45: Discussion: Shirley Crankson, Brunel University London
  • 11:45-12:15: Guillaume Morel, University of Strasbourg, Infectious disease and endogenous cycles: lockdown hits two birds with one stone
  • 12:15-12:30: Discussion: Anh Pham, Imperial College London
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-14:00: Jonatan Riberth, Stockholm University, Medical scandals and vaccine hesitancy
  • 14:00-14:15: Discussion: Mirko De Maria, Imperial College London
  • 14:15-14:45: Mirko De Maria, Imperial College London, How malleable are COVID-19 related perceptions? Evidence from a light-touch information & sensitisation
  • 14:45-15:00: Discussion: Jule Beck, University of Konstanz
  • 15:00-15:30: Break, Coffee
  • 15:30-16:00: Annika Lindskog, University of Gothenburg, Conditional persistence? Historical disease exposure and government response to COVID-19
  • 16:00-16:15: Discussion: Guillaume Morel, University of Strasbourg
  • 16:15-16:45: Jule Beck, University of Konstanz, Food insecurity deteriorates mental health in Africa: Causal evidence from an instrumental variable analysis
  • 16:45-17:00: Discussion: Utkarsh Choudhary, Krea University
  • 17:00-17:30: Gemma Nedjati Gilani, Imperial College, Vaccination strategies against Ebola Virus Disease: Health impacts, stockpile needs, and cost-effectiveness
  • 17:30-17:45: Discussion: Matteo Pianella, Stockholm University
  • 19:00: Dinner

20 June

  • 09:00-10:00: Professor Aditya Goenka, University of Birmingham, Economic epidemiological modelling: A progress report
  • 10:00-10:30: Break, Coffee
  • 10:30-11:00: Shirley Crankson, Brunel University London, Lockdowns and vaccinations: Could Ghana’s COVID-19 interventions reduce the outbreaks’ long-term epidemiological and economic consequences in Ghana?
  • 11:00-11:15: Discussion: Elvira Lara-Tuprio, Ateneo de Manila University
  • 11:15-11:45: Steinar Holden, University of Oslo, Optimal intervention strategies for a new SARS-CoV-2 variant
  • 11:45-12:00: Discussion: Patrick Doohan, Imperial College London
  • 12:00-13:00: Lunch
  • 13:00-13:30: Elvira Lara-Tuprio, Ateneo de Manila University, Assessing economic losses with COVID-19 integrated models: A retrospective analysis
  • 13:30-13:45: Discussion: Christian Morgenstern, Imperial College London
  • 13:45-14:15: Utkarsh Choudhary, Krea University, Digital divide and learning losses: The mitigating impact of home internet access during shocks
  • 14:15-14:30: Discussion: Jonathan Riberth, Stockholm University
  • 14:30-14:35: Closure
  • 14:35-15:00: Coffee

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