The Ecology and Economics of the Pandemic

An online event to explore the origins and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic: Saturday 13 February 2021, 2-5.30pm

Discussions on ecology and economics will be introduced by:

Julia Steinberger, Professor of Societal Challenges of Climate Change at Lausanne University, and Lead Author for the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report with Working Group 3. Julia writes at

Rob Wallace, an evolutionary epidemiologist with the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps. He is author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19. He has consulted with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Grace Blakeley, a staff writer at Tribune magazine and author of The Corona Crash: How the pandemic will change capitalism and Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation.

Michael Roberts, a British economist who worked in the City of London and many financial institutions for decades. He has written several books on economics and the world economy from a Marxist view, including The Great Recession (2009); The Long Depression (2016); World in Crisis (2018); Marx’s economics after 200 years (2018); and most recently Engels’ economics after 200 years (2020). He regularly blogs on economic issues at and posts on his Facebook page

The chair for the first session will be Diane Abbott, Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, former Shadow Home Secretary and a founder of the Zero Covid Coalition

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