The Social Sciences of Epidemic Disease Modelling
Project OverviewDisease modelling has been exceptionally influential in the current COVID-19 pandemic, often driving policies of physical distancing, ‘lock down’, travel restrictions, quarantine, curfew, and so on. Using social science methods, this workshop will examine historical and contemporary practices of infectious disease modelling in Australia, comparing them with other public health approaches to understanding and intervening in epidemic diseases. The workshop will facilitate a cross-disciplinary conversation between social science scholars, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and policy makers to advance our understanding of what it means to model disease outbreaks. As emerging epidemics continue to pose a threat in and beyond Australia, such an approach will prove useful in enhancing decision-making in health and government institutions.
Study DesignEthnograpic, qualitative and historical methods
Project Keywordssocial sciences, disease modelling, epidemic intelligence, health data, behavioural sciences
Title: Associate Professor in Sociology
Department or Unit: Sociology and Social Policy
Organization: University of Sydney
- Name: WarwickAndersonTitle: Professor of HistoryDepartment or Unit: Department of HistoryOrganization: University of Sydney
CONVERGE is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation, Program on Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (Award #1841338). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.