Engineering a Safer Future: Data

What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the future of data?

In the Data session, conducted on 17 September 2020, participants were asked to examine how their work life has changed between January and September 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic; how they have managed to stay resilient – both personally and professionally – and prepare for a ‘new normal’ future.

The session was a moderated conversation around data changes in a post-Covid world, from small-scale practical issues to long-term consequences to our institutions and systems. The conversation drew on emerging findings from the Foundation’s research as well as input from grant holders and experts around global perceptions on data, and how these might be affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The session reflected on how Covid-19 has disrupted existing practice around data access, management and use, how practices have adapted, and what lessons the current disruption holds for our shared future.


Publication date: 16 February, 2021
Authors: Amy Leitch, The Resilience Shift; Will Newton, Arup; Akshaya Kannan, Arup