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Research on Crises – Research in Times of Crisis (The case of Covid-19)


25-26 mars 2022

Lang EN, FR

Prof. Céline Mavrot, Université de Lausanne


Dr. Susanne Hadorn, KPM Center for Public Management, University of Bern

Dr. Nolwenn BühlerInstitute of Social Sciences and Institute of Humanities in Medicine, University of Lausanne

Prof. Giliberto Capano, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna

Prof. Olivier Borraz, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po Paris



This two-days doctoral workshop sheds light on research on COVID-19 from various perspectives: policy compliance, international comparison, crisis management, social inequalities, and theoretical questions raised by disruptive events. The programme will also thematize the challenges of conducting research in times of pandemic. The workshop includes presentations of ongoing research on COVID-19 from Swiss and international scholars. The presented researches draw on political science, sociology, and anthropology. Participants from all disciplines are welcome. The interactive sessions that complement each theoretical input tackle questions of theory, methodology and research design. Although the overarching topic of the workshop is COVID-19, the interactive sessions focus on transversal questions that are of interest for participants working on any topic.


Friday March, 25:

9 am.-10:30 am.: Dr. Susanne HadornTheoretical input: "Compliance with COVID-19 responses and measures: an international comparison"


10:30 am – 10:45 am: Coffee break


10:45am – 12:00 pm: Interactive workshop with Dr. Hadorn: Planning a research project (topic selection, theory, methods, data collection, analysis)

12-13.15 p.m.: lunch at Geopolis 

13.30-15 p.m.: Dr. Nolwenn BühlerTheoretical input"SociocoViD: ethnographic study on COVID-19 and vulnerabilities"

15-15.30 p.m.: Coffee break

15.30-16.15: Intermediary wrap-up and open questions

16.15 p.m.: Aperitif


Saturday March, 26:

9 am.-10:30 am.: Prof. Giliberto CapanoTheoretical input"Policy analysis and crises"


10:30 am – 10:45 am: Coffee break


10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Interactive workshop with Prof. Capano: Theoretical and methodological challenges of research on/in times of crisis


12-13.15 p.m.: Lunch

13.30-15 p.m.: Prof. Olivier BorrazTheoretical input"About the book: COVID-19 – an organizational crisis" (authors: Henri Bergeron, Olivier Borraz, Patrick Castel, François Dedieu)

15-15.30 p.m.: Coffee break

15.30-17 p.m.: Prof. Olivier Borraz, Interactive workshopFeedback and discussion on participants' work in progress

Participants have the possibility to submit in advance a written sample of their work in progress (conference paper, article, dissertation chapter) to the workshop organizers by email, to be discussed and commented by Olivier Borraz. The deadline to submit your works is March 15th, 2022.


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