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COVID-19 and the Geography of Vulnerability

October 27, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

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The National Academies Geographical Sciences Committee will host a virtual keynote talk on Oct. 27 on “COVID-19 and the Geography of Vulnerability“.

Our understanding of the geographic spread of COVID-19 has largely been based on national-scale epidemiological models, while the place-based responses to community-level impacts of the disease have mainly been informed by local-scale surveys and reports of the lived experiences of individuals within those communities. Geographers have the capacity to integrate local and population-scale research, yet examples of this type of integration are rare among studies of vulnerability.

During this meeting, the National Academies’ Geographical Sciences Committee will examine the geography of vulnerability in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting will be held to discuss the following questions and consider potential next steps that could be taken to advance the capacity to characterize, predict, and alleviate vulnerability.

Featuring Keynote Talk by Dr. Eric Tate, Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Social Vulnerability and Place-based Risk


Dr. Elisabeth Root, Professor, Ohio State University: Identifying Vulnerability from the COVID-19 Data: What is Possible and What is Missing?

Dr. Peter Smittenaar, Director of Data Science and AI, Surgo Foundation: COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index: Capturing the Geographical Dimensions of Vulnerability

Dr. LaToya Eaves, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee: Intersectional Geographies and COVID-19

Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Dr. Aaron Strong, Economist, RAND Corporation

Please visit NASEM’s COVID-19 and the Geography of Vulnerability event website for more information.


October 27, 2020
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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