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Ending an epidemic and the ‘new normal’

23 September 2020

There is no simple return to the way things were in the aftermath of an epidemic: whatever normal is built in the aftermath is a new normal…much of what we accept as everyday reality in the future will only be seen as different to those who look backward to find the subtle scars where the new normal was sutured onto the fabric of social life that came before. –from ‘Ends of Epidemics’

A chapter co-written by a Centre academic and a member of the Centre’s advisory board has been published in a new collection about the coronavirus.

COVID-19 and World Order brings together experts from Johns Hopkins University and from across the world to examine the consequences and order of the post-COVID world. Edited by Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin, the book contains “a series of essays, [where] international experts in public health and medicine, economics, international security, technology, ethics, democracy, and governance imagine a bold new vision for our future.”¹

Dora Vargha and Jeremy Greene, from the Centre’s Advisory Board, collaborated on the chapter “Ends of Epidemics”, which examines past epidemics to consider the possible endings for the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how we might define when the pandemic ends.

Other chapters in the collection consider bioethics, food security, global climate, economic policy, and Sino-American rivalries to name but a few.

The chapter – like the whole collection – is Open Access and can be found here: Ends of Epidemics.




¹https://muse.jhu.edu/book/77593, accessed 21/9/2020

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Partnership working and Live Music

29 October 2019

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Discussions on the impact of live music on children with special education needs

Teachers understand the vital part music can play in helping children overcome learning or physical difficulties and improve their quality of life. Despite this, children with special needs experience considerable difficulties in accessing high quality cultural and creative experiences, due to the physical barriers to accessing venues, a lack of appropriate events, and a lack of understanding of different behaviours.

A recently-completed project that helped build partnership skills for both teachers and musicians starting out in their careers has the potential to make a considerable difference to the quality of musical opportunities for these children and young people in the future.

This project was supported by a WCCEH Research Initiation Award and was a partnership between Live Music Now and the University of Exeter Graduate School of Education. It brought together children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, young professional musicians and PGCE students at the University of Exeter to work together to research a model of partnership working, establish common ground and try out practical activities.

Read more here

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Sustainable food networks symposium

14 October 2019

Devon is a county with a wealth of food initiatives seeking to promote positive approaches to food security, health and wellbeing, food skills and cultures, access to food and local food supply chains. Currently these initiatives are largely operating individually, with little opportunities for coordination between them. For the last six months our Devon Sustainable Food Networks project has taken a collaborative approach to explore the existing networks of research partners who have shared understandings of these issues.

Dr Rebecca Sandover has worked with Food Exeter, Food Plymouth, The Bioregional Learning Centre, Public Health Devon and The Sustainable Food Cities Networks on a WCCEH-funded project to explore our networks and shared experiences of Devon sustainable food networks by mapping food programmes in the city regions of Exeter and Plymouth, rural South Hams and the relevant policy work of Public Health Devon.

On Thursday 17th October the partners are holding a symposium to set out some of the initial findings of this research and explore the challenges and opportunities for Devon Sustainable Food Networks.

The symposium is taking place at St Sidwells Community Centre, Exeter , 1:30 – 4:30pm. Register for the symposium here.

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17 May 2019

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