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Sliding backwards? SDGs in the time of Covid-19

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Mitigating the spread of Covid-19 is currently on top of every country’s agenda. This means efforts to create long-term sustainable development have been pushed aside or halted. On 21 May, we will discuss how progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals might be implicated by the wider effects of Covid-19.  What will be the ripple effects of this uncertain period on developing countries?


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Dr Jasmine Gideon is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck University of London. She is also the Principal Investigator on an ESRC GCRF network – Equalities in Public Private Partnerships (EQUIPPS) which seeks funding to identify and fill research gaps in developing countries across four sectors: education, health, housing and water. Dr Gideon’s research interests include the gendered political economy of health in Latin America and issues around health and migration. She has carried out consultancies for a range of institutions including UNIFEM, DFID and the Ford Foundation. Dr Gideon completed an undergraduate degree in History, before completing a Masters and a PhD in Development Studies.

Dr Gideon’s full biography is available on Birckbeck’s website.


Dr. Kaja Abbas is an Assistant Professor in Disease Modelling in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is a theme lead in current research on vaccination with the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and a member of the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium, where he models the health impact of HPV vaccination of adolescent girls in low and middle-income countries. Dr Abbas’ research area is vaccine impact modelling at the interface of infectious disease epidemiology and health economics, with a focus on estimating the health and economic impact of vaccination programmes. Dr Abbas is a corresponding author of the recent study Benefit-risk analysis of health benefits of routine childhood immunisation against the excess risk of SARS-CoV-2 infections during the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa. The study concludes that the health benefits of routine childhood immunization programmes in Africa far outweighs the Covid-19 risk associated with these vaccination clinic visits.

Dr Abbas’ full biography is available on LSHTM’s website


Dr Subir Sinha is a Senior Lecturer of Institutions and Development, in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University. He has studied History at the University of Delhi (BA) and Political Science at Northwestern University (MS, PhD), and has previously taught at Northwestern University and the University of Vermont. His research and publications are in the fields of Marxist and postcolonial theory, and cover themes such as social movements of the urban and rural poor, nature and primitive accumulation, contestations over development, the transitions of democracy into authoritarianism, and civil society and forms of political solidarity in India.


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