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How can we adapt to the new normal?

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 15 JUNE 2020

From Brexit negotiations to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the UK is going through a period of increasing uncertainty and disruption.

Centre for Brexit Studies Director Professor Alex de Ruyter has provided a reflective and historical account of how seemingly stable periods of economic and social life can be suddenly and dramatically upended by unexpected events.

In a video shared today, Professor de Ruyter drew on examples from history, as well as the current Brexit and Covid-19 context, and aims to give some considerations going forward.

With new threats posed by automation, climate change and the fallout from the current pandemic, Professor De Ruyter argued that disruptive events will continue to buffet our societies, necessitating a need for adaptability, solidarity and international cooperation going forward. 

Viewers are encouraged to share their thoughts on social media with the hashtag: #CBSNewNormal 

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