CEU's COVID-19 Expert Commentary and Research, July-October 2020

With COVID 19’s global impact permeating all sectors, CEU faculty have been making direct contributions to the media and the body of knowledge regarding the pandemic. 

CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff was quoted twice (here and here) in The Atlantic about the correlation between the pandemic and authoritarianism, and in Argentinian daily La Nacion he argued that the delegitimization of science is fatally dangerous for democracy. Affiliate Researcher at the Center for Ethics in Law and Biomedicine (CELAB) Petra Bard was quoted in a CNN article about the EU’s rescue deal on Covid-19. India’s news channel Times Now cited Caitlin S. Brown, Assistant Professor at CEU’s School of Public Policy, and Martin Ravallion of Georgetown University, who revealed in their study that lower-income areas do not necessarily have a rougher time with the virus than upper-income areas. Regarding the future of work and robots after the pandemic, Visiting Professor Bob Hancke argued that the pandemic is set to cause particular hardship among blue-collar workers in industrialized economies as automation is positioned to take another leap forward, thus creating a political and economic imperative to ensure this transition is an inclusive one, which does not leave workers behind.

Hungarian media continue to feature expert commentary from CEU faculty members on topics ranging from politics, and environmental issues to human rights in connection with the coronavirus. This includes expert interviews by the Director of CEU’s Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) Professor Judit Sandor’s expert interviews on Hungarian Public Television and hvg.hu, the latter about patients’ rights to access treatment for issues other than COVID-19 during the pandemic. Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy discussed how the insights gained from the first wave of the virus could be turned into making the world economy more sustainable on elobolygonk.hu With her presence Professor Urge-Vorsatz also marked the first time for CEU’s participation at the “Long Night of Research” event organized in Austria – the topic of discussion was the pandemic and climate change. Eva Fodor, Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, highlighted the rise in inequality between males and females in term of time spent on housework during the first wave of the pandemic in Marie Claire.  

Professor Miklos Koren from CEU’s Department of Economics and Business had an interview in azonnali.hu about his research combining economic theory, traditional statistics, and newer data sources to better understand the crisis resulting from the pandemic, and to help predict economic trends.

Finally, Associate Professor Marton Karsai and Visiting Faculty Julia Koltai in the Department of Network and Data Science have been part of the epidemiological modeling group of experts at the University of Szeged, providing the Hungarian government with analyses of the possible courses that the pandemic may take. In their study, they looked at the attitudes of Hungarians toward the pandemic in terms of their willingness to wear masks, keep social distancing and get vaccinated, which Telex summarized in an English language article.      

You can see previous summaries of CEU expert commentary and Covid 19-related research here (March 2020), here (April-May 2020) and here (June-July 2020).