Sections will include a combination of the following presentation formats: 

  • Workshop:    

Guided and moderated policy forum that allows for active participation of

many and tries to elaborate on one thought/question/challenge. 

  • Paper presentation Panel:  

Standard presentation of papers. These can be already published works or working papers. If scholars wish to get feedback on their papers in the form of a discussion, they will need to volunteer as discussants either.

  • Young Scholar Paper presentation Panel:  

Same format as paper panels. This format allows students and early career scholars to present their works and get feedback by senior scholars. 

  • Round Table:

Moderated policy forum that invites experts and speakers to join a public


  • Lightning talks:

    Any participant can apply to hold a 5-minutes talk about a topical

question which serves as a starting point for an open not-moderated

discussion among the interested people. 


The conference will be organized in sections. Each section is chaired and curated by one or two partners of the COVID-19 PHSM network. These sections are: 

Section 1) Plenary Session for PHSM Trackers (CoronaNet & Response2covid19)

The plenary session of PHSM trackers shall give more insights into data collection, aggregation and sharing. It allows policy makers and scholars to get in touch with trackers and discuss ways to improve the data quality and to exchange thoughts on further collaboration. 


  • Round Table: The PHSM trackers that wish to present and discuss their work here can apply and will be asked to hold a 5-15 minute presentation about their tracker approach. In a round table, policy makers, scholars, and media shall get in touch with trackers. There will be one session every day (3 in total). 

Section 2) Comparative Political Economy & International Political Economy (CoronaNet & OxCGRT): 

This section aims to bring together IPE scholars that analyze COVID19 PHSM data in the realm of international interaction of states, organizations and other entities. The section´s focus will be on…

  1. Federal/ unitary system: decision-making, variation and cooperation;
  2. Democracy, party politics, leadership traits and decision-making;
  3. Authoritarian system and emergency management;
  4. Economic structure, the variety of capitalism and Covid-19 policy responses.


  • Paper presentation Panel
  • Young Scholar Paper presentation Panel
  • Round Table

Section 3) Simulation & Statistical Indices (CoronaNet):

This section brings together simulation models that incorporate PHSM data and are not infectious disease modelling approaches. The section´s focus will be the prediction and comparison of countries´ policies, and outcomes of the pandemic. It shall focus on questions of how to build and construct indices that describe the activity and stringency of countries’ activity over the course of the pandemic. The section´s focus will be to invite papers that combine different PHSM datasets in a highly sophisticated manner.


  • Paper presentation Panel:  
  • Young Scholar Paper presentation Panel:  
  • Round Table

Section 4) Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modeling (JHU HIT-COVID)

This session will be open to researchers and scientists that have developed tools to model infectious disease dynamics, including statistical, mathematical, and ensemble approaches. This section will focus on how PHSM data is used as input in infectious disease modeling, such as forecasts, inferential models, and scenario projections. We will discuss the specificities of how PHSM data needs to be collected, aggregated, and coded to make useful contributions to infectious disease models. Additionally, this section will cover how to best estimate the effect of PHSM on COVID-19 transmission, outcomes (e.g., morbidity and mortality), and prevention. This section will bring together epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and other public health researchers studying the impact of PHSM on COVID-19 (and other infectious diseases).


  • Paper presentation Panel
  • Young Scholar Paper presentation Panel
  • Round Table
  • Lightning talks

Section 5) Direct Feeds (Project Lockdown)

Scope: How can Public Authorities automate/publish their policies as Open Data and

feed trackers/mapping directly?

This session will explore:

  • How would PAs proceed to publish policies in Open Data formats?
  • What are the standards out there and where are they used?
  • How to ensure interoperability?

Format: Workshop

Section 6) Observing COVID-19 policies from a rights perspective. Which policies matter? (Project Lockdown)

Scope: How can the policies enacted affect people’s rights (Human + Digital)? Which are

the policies that should be monitored?

The session will present:

  • A list of proposed documents and treaties to serve as reference for Rights
  • The methodology used in Project Lockdown
  • Exchange about how to improve the methodology moving forward

Format: Round Table

Section 7) Global Rights Index (Project Lockdown)

Given the set of policies considered (above), what would be the most suitable way to create a reliable index to quickly understand and relate to the state of Rights across territories?

(Possibly related to the Statistical Indices section above)

[Potential workshop]



Section 8) Economic impact of COVID19 responses (Response2covid19 / Oxford Supertracker)

This session will focus 1) on the impact of NPIs and economic responses to COVID-19 on economic outcomes such as consumption, income, well-being and equity, and 2) issues around the costs vs. efficacy effects of NPIs on both economic and public health outcomes. This section will bring together economists, management scholars and public health researchers studying the PHSM impact of COVID-19. 

This section brings together quantitative papers with a causal approach. The section´s focus will be the quantitative evaluation of the impact of NPIs and economic responses to COVID-19 on different economic outcomes such as income, well-being or equity. Management and finance scholars are welcome to present papers related to the impact of lockdowns on financial performance or measures of stock uncertainty. Empirical papers comparing the relative costs and efficacy effects of NPIs are also welcome. The session shall focus on economic questions related to COVID-19. The section´s focus will be to invite papers using different PHSM datasets and following different approaches.


  • Paper presentation panel.
  • Young scholar paper presentation panel. 

Section 9) COVID-19 policies, enforcement and compliance behaviour (OxCGRT)

Containing COVID-19 –an unprecedented global health crisis– requires significant behaviour change and generates considerable psychological burdens on individuals. A better understanding of compliance behaviour could help align human behaviour with scientific evidence and expert suggestions. Equally important, governance during the pandemic must rely on some combination of enforcement and voluntary compliance. While enforcement may secure higher compliance, it may risk crowding out voluntary motivation. At the sametime, research on enforcement and compliance will provide critical information for establishing causal links between government COVID-19 measures and epidemiological developments.

As the pandemic evolves, new COVID-19 virus variant emerges and new policy measures come into effect, researchers have to update understanding of how government policies, messages and enforcement measures affect people’s thoughts and actions in the real world, and over time; what evidence policymakers choose to follow, and how they reconcile tensions between science and their political preference. This session encourages the submission of abstracts with topics broadly relevant to the enforcement of COVID-19 policies, compliance behaviours in the population and their interrelations. In particular, we invite paper submission from one of the following strands: 

  1. social and cultural determinants of risk perception and compliance;
  2. Science communication, reception and individual health behaviour;
  3. Vaccine attitude, taking-up and post-vaccination behaviour change; 
  4. Leadership and the use of scientific evidence in decision making;
  5. Stress, policy fatigue, and coping;
  6. Enforcement, moral decision, political and social trust; 


  • Paper presentation 
  • Young scholar paper presentation panel. 

Section 10) Learning from global experiences: Uses of trackers by policymakers and evidence-to-policy organizations (INGSA/UK International Public Policy Observatory/OxGRCT)?

This session will bring together policymakers and representatives of organizations that support the links between evidence collection and production and governmental decision-making to tell us how tracker data was used in decision making during the covid-19 crisis.

Participants: Trackers (OxGRCT/INGSA) will introduce and facilitate this session. Speakers/participants  will be from governments or organizations as described above. 

Example of a speaker: International Public Policy Observatory (UK)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually every country in the world responded to the same challenge. The fast-paced nature of policy responses to COVID-19, and the high level of innovation seen around the world represented favourable conditions for international policy transfer. We will present how the new boundary project/organization funded by the UK ESRC, International Public Policy Observatory, has used the data collected by two covid-19 trackers (OxCGRT and INGSA) to provide rapid answers to questions raised by British policymakers, in the area of social policy. 

Also possible:

WHO Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response – Ellen Sirleaf, Helen Clark

Governments’ Covid-advisory teams:

Peter Juni from Ontario (Canada) Covid-science team

Mona Nemer (Chief Scientist of Canada) and her office at federal level

Other possible speakers: Government of Finland – A Pelkonen (TBD)

Format:  Workshop

Section 11) Labour market and social policy responses to the pandemic (Oxford Supertracker)

Welfare states have been facing a litmus test during the pandemic. Far reaching social policies were implemented to safeguard jobs, avoid social hardship, and limit inequalities. Policy-makers responded at unprecedented speed and scale, though measures varied across welfare states. 

This section will discuss policy responses to mitigate the employment and social impact of the pandemic. Policy areas covered by this stream include labour market and social policies across all areas of the welfare state. Both comparative and causal approaches are welcome.


  • Paper presentation Panel
  • Young Scholar Paper presentation Panel