Watch: Andy Stirling and Sobia Kaker on Covid-19, uncertainty and development

In a virtual Sussex Development Lecture on 12 November 2020, Andy Stirling and Sobia Ahmad Kaker discussed the politics of uncertainty in the light of Covid-19 pandemic.

The conversation drew on insights from the STEPS book The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges of Transformation, published this year by Routledge, of which both speakers are co-authors.

You can watch Stirling and Kaker’s conversation below:

To see other events in this series, visit the Sussex Development Lectures on the IDS website.

Book: The Politics of Uncertainty

Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking, insurance, technology regulation and critical infrastructures, as well as climate change, infectious disease responses, natural disasters, migration, crime and security and spirituality and religion.

For more information on the book, and to read or download it (Open Access), visit the Routledge website.

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More on Uncertainty


Uncertainties can make it hard to plan ahead. But recognising them can help to reveal new questions and choices. What kinds of uncertainty are there, why do they matter for sustainability, and what ideas, approaches and methods can help us to respond to them?

Find out more about this topic on our theme page.


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