Thursday 23 July 2020, 19:00 NZST, Online

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  • Prof. Laura Bear (LSE)
  • Assoc. Prof. Nick Long (LSE)
  • Assoc. Prof. Susanna Trnka (Auckland)
  • Assoc. Prof. Sharyn Davies (Monash)

Chaired by: Prof. Alan France (Auckland)

On M arch 23 2020, the UK government imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). UK residents were ordered to ‘stay at home’. The government’s Plan to Rebuild mooted the possibility of a ‘social bubbles’ scheme, citing New Zealand’s use of expandable bubbles as both precedent and inspiration. Excited talk of ‘New Zealand-style’ social contact began to circulate in the British media. But how easily could a solution developed in New Zealand translate to the epidemiological, cultural and political environment of the UK? This webinar explores the political life of ‘the bubble’ within New Zealand and the UK and examines the strengths and weaknesses of ‘bubbling’ as a part of any government’s toolkit for responding to a pandemic.



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