The Policy Lab is the signature public forum of the College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). Designed to promote engagement and knowledge exchange within Qatar, the Gulf region, and beyond, Policy Labs are held several times a year, and address a variety of current and cutting-edge policy themes, attracting regional and international speakers. The Policy Labs encourage interactive, conversational, and inclusive exploration of leading policy problems and their solutions.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been far-reaching, challenging governments, governance, and institutional capacities globally. In this inaugural Policy Lab, we explore not just the impact of the pandemic, the lessons learned, and the socio-economic weaknesses the pandemic has exposed, but also look towards the future and potential post-COVID pathways for Qatar, the Gulf states, and beyond.
What will Qatar’s post-COVID socio-economic environment look like and can it be reversed? What impact will the region’s uneven response to COVID-19 and vaccination roll-out mean for a ‘return to normal’ economic recovery and development? Are the ‘lessons’ of COVID-19 likely to see greater future public investment and the ‘fireproofing’ of key capacities in health, education, and social protections?