With many European governments making it compulsory to wear face masks in certain public places, and others recommending it, will masks become part of ‘the new normal’ in the UK? Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey and Professor Perry Hinton look at what norm theory can tell us about behaviour change.
The UK Government has begun recommending the wearing of non-medical face coverings in enclosed spaces. Will it become the norm to see people in Britain wearing masks while outside their homes? Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey and Professor Perry Hinton look at how mask-wearing became the norm in other cultures in this comment piece.
UN Secretrary General António Guterres has said that the Covid-19 pandemic was worsened by a lack of cooperation between countries and poor leadership. Professor Shirin Rai and Dr Briony Jones of PAIS and WICID comment.
It was suggested following yesterday's Coronavirus Press Briefing that the economic downturn in the wake of the virus could be the biggest since the 18th century South Sea Bubble. Economist Dr Claudia Rei explains the difference between a bubble and the unprecedented situation the world economy is now facing.
"The most important question now is what happens to these credit consumers?" Dr John Morris of the Department of Politics and International Studies comments on what the collapse of BrightHouse may mean for people unable to access conventional credit but who need to make "big-ticket" purchases.