Our interdisciplinary centre will engage in fundamentally different approaches to tackle the most challenging demographic problems of our time.  


Professor Melinda Mills, Director at LCDS


 COVID-19 Research

Our Director, Professor Melinda Mills wrote this Opinion piece in The Guardian


Why suggesting mandatory Covid vaccinations is an ethical minefield 


Should employers make vaccination mandatory? Or is a carrot more effective than a stick? writes Professor Mills. 


...Building carrot policies and incentives to help workers understand why vaccination protects might be more effective than the mandatory stick, while we cannot forget that the central crux of the vaccination conundrum is this: protecting the fundamental right of one might endanger the wellbeing of another.

Published Tues 22 June.

Sky News

Here’s our Deputy Director Professor Jennifer Dowd, also Chief Scientific Officer of @DearPandemic, on Sky News. She’s asked if precautions companies are taking to entice customers back into their premises, such as chair cleaning between clients in salons, protect us from COVID-19 or are pointless. 

Professor Dowd says she agrees with the term ‘hygiene theatre’… measures that make us feel safe, but achieve little else. Recent US data shows there is only a 1 in 10,000 chance of catching COVID-19 from contact with surfaces. The far greater risk is breathing in contaminated airborne particles (broadcast 7 May).


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