Webinar: Panel Discussion – Time Perspective and Covid-19 Policy Choices – April 30, 2020

Time Perspective Network presents series of online Time Talks by the researchers and practitioners on various aspects of the concept of time in psychology.

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Talk #7: Time Perspective and Covid-19 Policy Choices

Time: Apr 30, 2020 04:00 PM Copenhagen

The rapid worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments around the world to choose from a difficult menu of policy options, running the gamut from sustained containment efforts (as in South Korea) to forceful suppression of transmission (as in Italy) to mitigation of disease harms with an eye toward attaining herd immunity even in the absence of a vaccine (Sweden).  These difficult policy choices are inevitably shaped by attitudes toward the future – and, more generally, by variations in time perspective – among the policymakers and broader populations involved. In this panel discussion, we investigate the relationship between time perspective and COVID-19 policy choices, harnessing the results of an recent policy simulation experiment conducted in a course on environmental economics and public policy at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia. 

David Possen, PhD. Lecturer in Economics and Philosophy, DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia; Lecturer in the History of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen

Anna Sircova, PhD. Lecturer in Psychology of Time and Psychology of Endings, DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia. Head of the Board, Time Perspective Network

Sevil Acar, PhD. School of Applied Disciplines, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Previously she acted as the Director of the Centre for Energy and Environment Research and the Chair of the Economics Department at Altınbaş University. Her research focuses on environmental and resource economics, particularly on natural capital accounting, sustainable development indicators, climate change, and the resource curse.

The discussion is now available on here.


Sircova, A., Karimi, F., Osin, E., Lee, S., Holme, P., & Strömbom, D. (2015). Simulating irrational human behavior to prevent resource depletion. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0117612. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117612

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