Centre for Behaviour Change


Lunch Hour Lecture | Managing Covid19 – how could we have done (and do) better?

13 December 2022

This Lunch Hour Lecture looked at the management of Covid19 exploring whether we could have done better.

teenager wearing a facemask

Human behaviour is at the heart of managing pandemic infections such as Covid19, for example wearing facemasks indoors when the transmission is high and self-isolating when ill or testing positive for Covid19. Behavioural science helps us to understand why such behaviours do or do not occur and to identify key influences on behaviour: people’s capabilities, motivations and/or opportunities to engage in certain behaviours. This is summarised in the COM-B (Capability-Opportunity-Motivation-Behaviour) model which is linked to a broader framework for designing and evaluating behavioural interventions and policies, the Behaviour Change Wheel.

COVID-19 has shown that no person, community or nation is an island. Combining lessons learnt during the pandemic with behavioural and social science evidence allows us to improve our pandemic policies and societal resilience.

If you missed out on this fascinating talk, access the recordings here:

Lunch Hour Lecture Video Recording

Lunch Hour Lecture Podcast