Navigating the future with and after Covid-19: The role of social sciences in Asia

26-28 October 2021 – Online

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on all countries in Asia, as it has in the rest of the world. The sudden and dramatic changes in domestic and international mobility, trade, tourism, education and work let alone the public health challenges and response have fundamentally transformed society across the region. In doing so, they have transformed our universities, our research agencies and councils, and our social sciences disciplines as well.

From the outset of the pandemic, social science graduates, researchers and professionals have been at the forefront of the domestic and regional COVID-19 response. From new models of delivering rapid economic stimulus at scale, to modelling and prediction of infection spread, to new methods of digital educational delivery and academic collaboration, the role of social sciences in navigating the crisis has been visible and paramount like rarely before.

The focus of this AASSREC Biennial conference is to provide members with an opportunity to share information on their efforts and creative thinking in dealing with the pandemic. It will also provide an opportunity for social scientists to engage with policy makers and other stakeholders from the region to showcase the valuable insights and capabilities of our disciplines in dealing with complex social, economic and environmental challenges.


This conference was held as a series of online webinars. View and download the full conference program, including session times, speakers and abstracts here. The recordings of the conference sessions are available for viewing below.

Tuesday 26 October
Session 1: International Relations, Global Security & Regional Governance in a Post-COVID World


Session 2: Managing Pandemics: What Works and What Doesn’t? Lessons from the Asia-Pacific


Wednesday 27 October 
Session 3: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Public Health Strategies During the Pandemic

Session 4: Locked Down: How COVID has changed how we live, learn and work

Thursday 28 October 
Session 5: The Role of Social Science in Understanding and Responding to Pandemics