Multi-disciplinary contributions to understanding COVID-19 vaccine mistrust: Conversations between disciplinary specialists

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


Whilst many scholars have been involved in understanding vaccine mistrust, enquiries have proceeded in disciplinary silos. The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 have largely been understood through epidemiological approaches driven by statistics and models, side-lining other forms of evidence). Yet, prior experiences during epidemics and pandemics including Ebola, Polio, and HIV/AIDS epidemics have demonstrated the need for multi-disciplinary conversations, which use both quantitative and qualitative social science approaches to inform policymaking. This workshop seeks to bridge gaps between disciplinary enquiries, we seek to understand the contributions and limitations of different methods in understanding aspects of vaccine mistrust. Our focus is on research which focuses on differential rates of vaccine update across G7 countries.

The proposed workshop response to an acknowledgement for the need for multi-disciplinary conversations of COVID-19 relations. We recognise that the engagement between disciplines founded on often contrasting epistemological assumptions and methodological approaches is not simple. In this workshop we encourage reflective assessments of what is revealed and concealed through different types of method.

The Schedule is as follows:

Introduction (15.00): Elizabeth Storer, LSE, Matteo Galizzi, LSE and Barbara Fasolo, LSE
Impulse Lecture 1 (15.15) - Joanna Lewis and co-presenter, LSE ‘Histories of mistrust: long term health inequalities, racial trauma and anti-COVID vaccine feelings among a Somali community in east London’
Impulse Lecture 2 (15.25) – Sanchayan Banerjee, LSE and Manu Savani, Brunel University, title tbc
Impulse Lecture 3 (15.35) – Melissa Jogie, University of Roehampton, Adapting to the New Normal: Implications for post COVID-19 Health Communication and Education
5 minute break/ catch up
Impulse Lecture 4 (15.40) – Iliana Sarafian, LSE Hesitant vs Systematically Excluded?: Evidence from Italian Roma Communities
Impulse Lecture 5 (15.50)– Emma Martinez, FEAM, title tbc
Impulse Lecture 6 (16.00) – Ploutarchos Kourtidis, LSE Behavioural Lab Encouraging people to get vaccinated has no unintended spillover effects
5 minute break
Discussant Comments (16.15) Nikita Simpson, LSE
Floor Discussion (16.25 – 16.45, with potential to run to 17.00).

This workshop is convened by Dr Matteo Galizzi, Dr Barbara Fasolo, Dr Ploutarchos Kourtidis (LSE Behavioural Lab) and Dr Elizabeth Storer (FLIA). It is supported by a British Academy ‘COVID-19 G7’ Recovery Grant (Ethnographies of (Dis)Engagement: Understanding Vaccine Rejection in Chronically Neglected Communities across the G7’) and the EU PERISCOPE consortium. The discussion will form the basis of a briefing that will be circulated among networks of academics and policymakers connected to these projects. In this way, we seek to translate multi-disciplinary findings to audience directly involved in developing community-based policies to encourage vaccination uptake.
Period22 Mar 2022
Held atLondon School of Economics
Degree of RecognitionNational