The Politics of Pandemics: Norway's response to covid-19

What underlying logics, interests and evidence have fed into the Norwegian response to the covid-19 pandemic both in Norway and globally? Please join us for this webinar with Frode Forland, Specialist Director at the Norwegian Public Health Institute.

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Covid-19 has revealed that pandemics are multidimensional crises, threatening public health, societal security and the global economy and laying bare enduring tensions between global solidarity and national security aims.

Norway has garnered international attention for its Covid-19 response. With the national outbreak now “under control”, Norway has pledged unprecedented financial support to global efforts to develop a vaccine, and is experimenting with digital innovations, such as contact tracing apps. What underlying logics, interests and evidence have fed into the Norwegian response? How have national authorities dealt with uncertainty and limited knowledge about the novel coronavirus? What relevance do experiences of one of the world’s richest countries have for the world’s poorest countries now facing their own outbreaks?

In this Global Health Unpacked webinar, Frode Forland, Specialist Director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, will provide insights into the Norwegian response, as well as Norwegian cooperation with multilateral and bilateral partners. The webinar concludes a one-week intensive course on "The Politics of Pandemics" and will include a Q&A session led by masters students from the Centre for Development and the Environment, the Institute of Health and Society and Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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Frode Forland, Specialist Director Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

About Frode Forland

Frode Forland is a medical doctor specialist in public health. He currently plays an important role in the Norwegian response to the covid-19 pandemic as Specialist director of infectious diseases and global health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. 


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About this seminar

Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience.

With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Global Health Politics, Centre for Development and the EnvironmentUiO Centre for Global Health.


Published May 6, 2020 2:51 PM - Last modified Oct. 6, 2020 1:38 PM