The COVID-19 pandemic has affected different members of society in different ways, aggravating pre-existing cleavages within countries whether along lines of class, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and/or ability. But it has also created space for confronting the structural barriers standing in the way of people’s full participation in their communities. In this month’s episode of Global Insights, graduate students will discuss not only the ways in which the pandemic has exacerbated inequality, but the opportunities for creating a more equal, inclusive and accessible world.
About the panelists
Sarah Murray is a PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on disability rights and global governance.
Philip Oke-Thomas is a master’s student studying International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security at American University’s School of International Service. Philip focuses particularly on global governance and democracy in Africa.
Rohil Vaidya is pursuing a master’s in International Relations at the University of Warwick. He is currently working with Global Insights as a research assistant. His interests include tracing identity discourses in religiosity and populism, and their effects on foreign policy, with a focus on the South Asia as a site of identity anxieties shaping global politics.
Moderated by Scott Hamilton, Balsillie School of International Affairs