Sustainability & Pandemics

How can we be better prepared for the next pandemic? Svenn-Erik Mamelund is Research Professor in demographics, and talks about the importance of social inequality.

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Photo: Oslo Met

If you want to join the webinar, please send an email to and we will send you the link.


In this seminar, Mamelund will present results showing that social inequality was a forgotten factor in pandemic preparedness before the COVID-19 pandemic, and speculate why this was the case. He will then go on to present some results on the social inequalities in COVID-19 pandemic disease burden and call for more research on the mechanisms for these disparities.

The talk will end of a discussion on how we can take both medical and social vulnerability into account in pandemic preparedness to be better prepared for the next pandemic.

Keynote speaker

Svenn-Erik Mamelund is head of Centre for Research on Pandemics & Society at OsloMet and has done research on social risks factors and consequences of Pandemics for more than 25 years.


Student Ida Sofie Rettedal Skjæveland asks questions. She is studying at Health and Society at Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. She has the recent year also made the podcast series "Folkfeber", together with three other students. By talking to people, their aim is to focus on social inequalities in health. Folkefeber was one of the first project to be supported from SHE Student Scholarships.


Tony J. Sandset is a researcher in SHE. He works in medical anthropology, cultural history, science and technology studies and his areas of expertise are the social science of HIV/AIDS prevention; critical race and ethnic studies, mixed race studies, sexuality, Foucault, and discourse analysis. He launched the book “Sustainable Sexual Health” together with Kristin M. Heggen and Eivind Engebretsen on Routledge in January 2021.


Please register here. You will receive a zoom-link ahead of the seminar. 

This seminar is a cooperation between SHE and Oslo Met.

Seminars on Sustainability and Health issues

SHE launches a series of seminars on sustainability related to health issues in different forms and in cooperation with different institutions. The seminars will be geared towards both academics, students, and the broader public at large and as such the lectures should be accessible to a diverse range of people. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the seminar will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link will be circulated prior to the seminar alongside the invitation and dissemination information about the seminar. The seminars will be recorded and published on YouTube afterwards. 

The seminars will be held as follows:

Sustainability & Democracy
Bærekraft & Ensomhet
Sustainability & Pandemics - 21/9
Sustainability & Nutrition - 26/10
Sustainability & Power - 30/11
Sustainability & & Otherness
Sustainability & Internet & Knowledge formation
Sustainability & The free market


Emneord: SHE, sustainability, demographic, Social inequality in health, sustainability
Publisert 17. aug. 2021 16:24 - Sist endret 1. mars 2022 16:14