This research case study analysed the political, medical, and scientific responses in EU institutions and also in three Member States: the UK, Czech Republic, and Germany.
The case authors undertook an analysis of the governance framework present within all governance-levels that had a role in responding to the Zika outbreak: global actors (such as the World Health Organisation, WHO), EU actors (The European Council, the European Commission, the Directorate General for Health and Food, or the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control-ECDC), and national actors, identifying the public institutions in charge of foreign affairs, public and global health, research, and also science advice.
Once these institutions were identified, the research team conducted interviews in the diplomatic service, ministries responsible for medicine, for research, public hygiene and public health, government bodies, as well as in research and medical institutions and associations.
Special attention was focused on four areas:
a) Political reaction and prioritization of science diplomacy
b) Data collection and data sharing
c) Internalisation of research and allocation of new funding to expand research on the infectious disease
d) Operational response to the crisis
The lead author of this research case study, Prof Ivo Šlosarčík, has been interviewed to provide you with some key highlights.
Professor of European Integration Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics and Administration and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, Charles University in Prague
How have you structured your research? What countries have you compared and why? What kind of stakeholders have you interviewed?
You may get all the information about this S4D4C case study in the following references:
– Šlosarčík, I., N. Meyer, J. Chubb (2020): Science diplomacy as a means to tackle infectious diseases: The case of Zika. In: Young, M., T. Flink, E. Dall (eds.) (2020): Science Diplomacy in the Making: Case-based insights from the S4D4C project (Link).
– Poster Report: ·”Science diplomacy and infectious diseases: between national and European narratives” (Link).
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