Thomas Tanner is Director of the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) and a Reader in Environment and Development at SOAS University of London. A development geographer, he specialises in the policy and practice of building resilience and adaptation to climate change. Tom’s research has included partnerships with UK DFID, the World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Along with other publications, Tom co-authored the leading textbook on Climate Change and Development (Routledge) and edited a collection on investment decision-making in Disaster Risk Management (Springer). He lives happily by the sea in Brighton, UK.
COVID-19 – Five lessons for improving future economic and social resilience

COVID-19 – Five lessons for improving future economic and social resilience

The COVID-19 crisis is another timely reminder of the need for building resilience into our social, economic, and financial systems – locally, nationally, and globally. It has exposed the vulnerability of our societies, of our health systems, but also the susceptibility of supply chains and the gig economy. Financial systems have held up relatively well, thanks to stricter capital requirements introduced after the 2008 crisis and decisive intervention by central banks, but are now also starting to show cracks. Increasing resilience needs to be one of the main guiding principles to ensure we are better prepared to withstand future pandemics.

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