The unseen faces of COVID-19

How the pandemic affects climate, education, and inequality
Thursday 17 Mar 2022, 15:30 - 17:00
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Spoken Language
Hybrid - livestream & Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
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How has the current pandemic affected global poverty and development outcomes that were gained over decades?
What challenges do low-income countries face due to COVID-19?

These urgent questions have been addressed by a diverse group of development experts, affiliated to the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and other international organizations.

Their examination of these questions has resulted in the book COVID-19 and International Development, edited and compiled by Dr Elissaios Papyrakis and published by Springer.

Dr Elissaios Papyrakis explains the importance of this book

COVID-19 and international development - interview with Elissaios Papyrakis

Book launch

During this episode of the Research InSightS LIVE event we will launch the book COVID-19 and international development. This is the first book of its kind to address the implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for international development from a social science perspective. It discusses various topics, including poverty/inequality, health, education, migration, informal employment, (de)globalization, the extractive sector, climate change and the global financial system.


Dr Elissaios Papyrakis and his ISS colleagues Matthias RiegerGeorgina Gomez and Syed Mansoob Murshed will talk about the book and reflect on the recommendations they have presented in their various contributions. Together with practitioners and people who have experienced the severe impact of COVID-19 they will engage in a lively discussion under the guidance of moderator Lynn Zebeda.

The first copy of the book will be presented to Pascalle Grotenhuis, director of the Social Development Department (Dutch: DSO) and ambassador women's rights and gender equality ASRA. Social Entrepreneur Uthara Narayaran (Chief Changemaker at Buzz Women) will share stories from India and photographer Nilaya Sabnis will talk about her work. Environmental expert Dr Dorice Agol will share her knowledge of WASH and will talk about climate change. We will welcome the audience to participate in the discussion. Research InSightS LIVE #3 will offer valuable research insights, personal experiences from people all over the world and inspiring creative intermezzos.

The unseen faces of COVID-19 around the globe

During the event, we will look at the various unseen faces of COVID-19 around the globe. We welcome everybody who is interested to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 to join us for this dynamic event, in particular policymakers, students of international development, researchers, and practitioners. 

Practical information

This is a hybrid event. You can either attend the event in-person at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam or watch the livestream on the ISS website. After the event, we welcome our audience at Pakhuis de Zwijger to join us for a drink in the Pakhuis de Zwijger Café. 

  • Address Pakhuis de Zwijger:
    Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam
  • Time: 

    9.30 AM Quito/NYC 

    3.30 PM The Hague 

    5.30 PM Nairobi

    8 PM Delhi

    9.30 PM Jakarta

How to get to Pakhuis de Zwijger?

Public transport

  • Take tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station in the direction of IJburg. exit at the stop Kattenburgerstraat.
  • Or take bus 43 in the direction of Borneo Eiland, stop: Jan Schaeferbrug.

By car

The journey The Hague-Amsterdam lasts approximately 1 hour by car. Pakhuis de Zwijger is about 5 minutes away from the Amsterdam A10 Ring Noord (exit S116) and the Piet Heintunnel (exit S114 Zeeburg/Artis). There are various car parks in the area of Pakhuis de Zwijger: Parkeergarage De Loodsen, Parkeergarage IJ Oever Centrum, Parking Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, P+R Zeeburg.

Information for ISS students

Do you intend going to the event? Let us know! Sarah Njoroge (communication team) will travel to the event by train from The Hague with a group of students, using the cheap NS Group Tickets. ISS will pay for your ticket. Travel time is estimated at 52 minutes. Please fill out this form to travel by train.

Read this interview with Elissaios Papyrakis


Rachel Visscher

Science communication officer

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Please contact Rachel Visscher if you would like to receive more information about this event.

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About Research InSightS LIVE

Research InSightS was launched in April 2020 as the platform to share ISS’ research stories and findings. By making these available and accessible to a wider audience, the platform is part of ISS’ ambition to produce research with the potential to drive action.

But the intent of Research InSightS isn’t only to take our knowledge OUT. It’s actually also about bringing others IN, sharing what our diverse team of researchers is working on and enabling critical reflection and dialogue.

Research InSightS LIVE is an new event series that we launched to do just that.

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