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WFU Center for Global Programs & Studies

Join Wake Forest University and INSTEP for an exciting spring lecture series focusing on UK economic or political topics.

A year on from the declaration of a global health pandemic by the WHO in March 2020, this talk will review the similarities and differences of the public policy response to COVID-19 by a range of European governments (including, but not limited to, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK, Spain and Sweden) in the first six months of the crisis (March-September 2020). This talk will reflect on some of the consequences and implications this has for politics and public policy in Europe. The lecture will be based on a special issue of the European Policy Analysis journal that presents and contrasts public policy responses to COVID-19 in more than twenty countries that Barry guest edited.

The lecture will be held via Zoom. Login information will be sent to all participants 60 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. Registration for the event will close 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the lecture.

For the full lineup of lectures in this series, visit

Speaker Bio:

Dr Barry Colfer is a research fellow at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Barry’s research interests include the politics of European integration, the future of work, and British-Irish relations. Barry holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford (2018-2019) and at Harvard University (2019-2020). Barry previously worked at both Dáil Éireann (the Irish parliament) and at the European Parliament, and for a range of leading think-tanks.

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