#7 The Politicisation of Resilience: Why We Shouldn’t Bounce Back

Following Boris Johnson’s promise of a more resilient future in yesterday’s speech, I thought that now would be a good time to unpack the meaning of resilience. During the pandemic, the term has been ubiquitous in political and media landscapes. Has its overuse rendered it meaningless? Or does its diluted meaning strategically obscure wider issuesContinue reading “#7 The Politicisation of Resilience: Why We Shouldn’t Bounce Back”

#6 Reflecting on My Time as an Interim Foundation Doctor

A Strange Start: When I envisioned the start of my career in medicine, I did not think that it would play out amidst a global pandemic. In February, we were told by our medical school that it would not be possible for our last few months of placement to go ahead. Fast-forward a few monthsContinue reading “#6 Reflecting on My Time as an Interim Foundation Doctor”

#5 The Politics of Vulnerability

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of vulnerability has played an increasing role in our discourse. Phrases like ‘the vulnerable’, ‘vulnerable groups’, and ‘the most vulnerable in society’ capture our attention in many a headline and daily briefing. But what impact does this vague use of the word have on our ideas about vulnerability? AsContinue reading “#5 The Politics of Vulnerability”

#4 Some Interesting Lockdown Reads

During lockdown, I’ve had the opportunity to read some of those books that have been sitting on my shelf/ Amazon wish list for longer than I would like to admit! In this post, I’ll briefly share my thoughts on a few of these books and what I have learnt from them in the context ofContinue reading “#4 Some Interesting Lockdown Reads”

#3 The Gendered Dimensions of Disaster

Are we looking through the wrong end of the microscope? This week I have had several conversations with friends working in education that have shocked me. They told me numerous stories of the hardships they are observing in their roles during the pandemic: families increasingly reliant on food vouchers to survive, heightened financial pressures onContinue reading “#3 The Gendered Dimensions of Disaster”

#2 The Disaster Cycle

Welcome back! As mentioned in my previous post, this blog will be introducing a snippet of disaster theory, and placing it in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we will be talking about models – no, I do not mean the ones on Instagram. Models of disaster management. Modelling Disasters: WhatContinue reading “#2 The Disaster Cycle”

#1 A bit of disaster theory.

With the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding before our eyes, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I have learned from studying medicine and disasters. I don’t promise to be an expert (MASSIVE understatement), but it might just help you pass the time in self-isolation or give you a chuckle. SoContinue reading “#1 A bit of disaster theory.”