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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Pandemics

COVID-19 and Beyond

edited by Philippe Bourbeau, Jean-Michel Marcoux & Brooke A. Ackerly

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
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Pandemics have quickly become one of the most important subjects of the twenty-first century. This edited volume provides a comparative analysis of the ways in which pandemics are theorized and studied across several disciplines. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Pandemics has two objectives: first, to explore the growing diversity of theories and paradigms developed to study pandemics; and second, to initiate a multidisciplinary dialogue about the ontological, epistemological, paradigmatic, and normative aspects of studying pandemics across disciplines. The study of pandemics is not new. Yet despite the volume of research interest in a host of academic fields, scholars rarely talk across the disciplines. This study seeks to fill that gap by attempting to bridge disciplinary canyons. Eager to encourage this arena of conversation, this book brings together in a single volume essays by political scientists, environmental scholars, legal scholars, clinical pharmacists, economists, scholars of urban planning, scholars in health and medicine schools, and researchers in business and management.

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Philippe Bourbeau is the Director of the Graduate School of International Studies, Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University Laval, Canada. His work adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international issues. His books include On Resilience. Genealogy, Logics, and World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Security: Dialogue across Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and The Securitization of Migration (Routledge, 2013).

Jean-Michel Marcoux is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. He holds a Ph.D. in Law (University of Victoria), an M.A. in International Studies (Institut quebecois des hautes etudes internationales), and a B.A. in Public Affairs and International Relations (University Laval). Prior to joining Carleton University, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Interested in international economic law and international relations theory, he is the author of International Investment Law and Globalization: Foreign Investment, Responsibilities, and Intergovernmental Organizations (Routledge, 2018).

Brooke A. Ackerly is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. In her research, teaching, and collaborations, she clarifies without simplifying the most pressing problems of global justice, including human rights and climate change. Her theoretical work utilizes empirical research on activism and the lived experience of those affected by injustice (Grounded Normative Theory). She is the author of Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism (2000), Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference (2008), Doing Feminist Research with Jacqui True (2010, 2019), and Just Responsibility: A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice (2018).