Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)
Institiute of Political Science
The high numbers of cases and deaths from Covid-19 in Switzerland since February 2020 has shown many areas in which improvements in the response to a new pandemic threat are needed. Particularly striking is that the Swiss society appears to have been divided into strongly contrasting camps as the pandemic progressed. The manifold divides in Covid-19 risk perceptions, policy preferences, and preferences for protective behaviours pose a potential challenge for practitioners and policy makers tasked with reducing the spread of Covid-19 now and potential future pandemics. This project uses an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the fields of political science and public health (community health and epidemiology) and quantitative and qualitative research methods, to investigate:
By this investigation, the project aims to:
With the findings from this interdisciplinary research, the planned project aims to develop solutions that will make it possible to mitigate the consequences of polarization during a potential next pandemic in Switzerland.