Institute for Global Pandemic Planning
Welcome to The Institute for Global Pandemic Planning (IGPP)
The IGPP combines world-class expertise in Mathematical Epidemiology, Public Health, and Behavioural Science to develop comprehensive solutions for global leaders struggling to respond to the health, social, economic and psychological impacts of pandemics.
Through the Institute for Global Pandemic Planning, Warwick aims to:
Rapidly mobilise an interdisciplinary response group of experts to advise governments and;
Establish a robust pipeline of doctoral students to expand worldwide scientific leadership on managing pandemics.
Given the scale of damage caused by pandemic outbreaks, very few governments maintain their own teams of interdisciplinary experts. The community of academics who make up these advisory groups are small, and governments risk becoming over-reliant on a small number of advisors, whose assumptions and approach at a time of crisis significantly shape national policy. The experience of Covid-19 demonstrates that governments everywhere need access to interdisciplinary expertise, particularly from epidemiological modellers, public health academics, and thinkers in behavioural science – disciplines in which Warwick has deep expertise.
Public Health involves the organised the efforts of society to protect and promote human health. This includes developing and using healthcare, biomedical and other technologies for disease diagnosis, treatment, and control. It also involves influencing the much wider structures, policy, culture and practices that affect health. Academic public health therefore spans disciplines from policy research to technology development and implementation, bringing evidence for effectiveness into decision making. It can help to define the critical outcomes to guide predictive mathematical modelling, identify the areas of individual and corporate behaviour most critical to protecting health, and evaluate the impact of interventions. With academics at the forefront of their fields advising bodies such as the World Health Organisation on key public health issues, Warwick is ideally positioned to provide a population-wide understanding of the issues presented by each pandemic. Combined with mathematical modelling, and behavioural science this will generate new questions and solutions.
The University of Warwick will be pleased to discuss a range of recognition opportunities to celebrate donations to The Institute for Global Pandemic Planning. If you would like to find out more information or would like to discuss these opportunities further please visit our contact page.