Disasters present opportunities for change, but also highlight tension between those advocating for social transformation and those protecting the interests of the powerful and wealthy. This group will study COVID-capitalism around the world to understand whether social and economic justice are being served, or whether state and non-state actors are using the pandemic to consolidate control, to financially profit, and to protect systems of oppression.
Disaster Capitalism and COVID-19
Working Group Lead
Jason von Meding, University of Florida
Working Group Members
Wesley Cheek, Ritsumeikan University
Ksenia Chmutina, Loughborough University
Giuseppe Forino, University of East Anglia
Claudia González Muzzio, Ámbito Consultores Limitada
Heidi Harmon, City of San Luis Obispo, CA
Maíra Irigaray, University of Florida
Antony Loewenstein, Independent
Vicente Sandoval, Freie Universität Berlin
Isabella Tomassi, École normale supérieure de Lyon
Darien Alexander Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.