Published on 20/01/2023
Society matters LIVE, Aston University
  • It is the first Society matters LIVE event of 2023
  • In her talk Dr Lauren Traczykowski will analyse key decisions and ask if we are prepared for the future
  • The free event in Café Artum at Hockley Social Club will take place on Thursday 26 January.



20 January 2023 | Birmingham, UK


Aston University’s Society matters LIVE series returns for 2023 in Café Artum at Hockley Social Club in Birmingham with a talk from disaster ethics expert Dr Lauren Traczykowski.

In her talk Was the pandemic response ethical? How prepared are we for the next one? Lauren will analyse some key actions and decisions made during the pandemic and other recent emergencies through a disaster ethics lens.

Instead of focusing on the public health side of the emergency, she will unpack general response and recovery issues so that participants are empowered to ask the right questions and understand certain answers – even if they are uncomfortable listening.

Dr Lauren Traczykowski, a senior lecturer at Aston Law School, said:

“We’ve all lived through a traumatic crisis event over the last few years.

“We know that there were ethical issues, parties that broke lockdown rules and travel bans but there are a lot of disaster ethics issues and questions as well.

“Did lockdown violate our autonomy? What takes priority: our children’s education or their wellbeing and mental health? Who’s ethically responsible for making sure we have access to food?

“I look forward to welcoming people to this wonderful talk to discuss whether the pandemic was ethical and discover what we as individuals can do to ethically prepare for the next emergency, so we hold ourselves and society ethically accountable.”

The free event in Café Artum at Hockley Social Club will take place on Thursday 26 January from 17:30 – 19:00 GMT. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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