Resilient society research

The impact of COVID-19 has been dramatic. The pandemic has not only had medical implications. It has also given rise to other problems, such as loneliness in young adults. Research at PDPC also aims to answer questions related to society at large. Pearl Dykstra, Professor of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam: ‘Working together, we must and can use insights from multiple disciplines in the fight against future pandemics and disasters; to address the consequences for social division in society, for example. The complexity of pandemics, disasters, and their aftermath mean that a multidisciplinary approach is required. Collaboration within PDPC is crucial as the parties are complementary, and they can achieve more together than each on its own.’

Together, we must and can use insights from multiple disciplines in the fight against future pandemics and disasters.

Pearl Dykstra

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Professor of Empirical Sociology

Using all perspectives

Professor of Empirical Sociology Pearl Dykstra (EUR) talks about the role of social research in the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Center. ‘The PDPC gives us the opportunity to take just a different perspective in our research. Not just looking at the consequences of a pandemic, but also; what can we do about prevention? How can we make people and society more resilient?’