The current pandemic impacts individuals’ lives in manifold ways: it affects their health or that of close family and friends, their socioeconomic status, their family lives, as well as their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Some of the consequences will persist and scholars from various disciplines point out that the periods of childhood and youth are particularly sensitive, placing individuals on diverging trajectories or pathways, and leading to diverse outcomes in their later lives.
We invited scholars from various fields within the social sciences, among them experts in sociological life course research, social science genetics, and evolutionary life history research, to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion about how the current pandemic and crises in general will affect the lives of children and adolescents. In particular, we would like to assess the question whether evolutionary theory and other biosocial approaches can be fruitfully integrated into the social sciences to improve our explanatory models.
The invited panelists are:
- Laura Bernardi, University of Lausanne
- Andrea Migliano, University of Zurich
- Gert Stulp, University of Groningen
- Felix Tropf, École Nationale de la Statistique et de L'administration Économique (ENSAE) and Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST), Paris
- Ulrike Zartler, University of Vienna