The COVID-19 mirror: reflecting science-society relationships across 11 countries
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Twelve researchers from 11 countries used autoethnographic techniques, keeping diaries over 10 weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, to observe and reflect on changes in the role and cultural authority of science during important stages of viral activity and government action in their respective countries. We followed arguments, discussions and ideas generated by mass and social media about science and scientific expertise, observed patterns and shifts in narratives, and made international comparisons. During regular meetings via video conference, the participating researchers discussed theoretical approaches and our joint methodology for reflecting on our observations. This project is informed by social representations theory, agenda-setting, and frames of meaning associated with the rise and fall of expertise and trust. This paper presents our observations and reflections on the role and authority of science in our countries from March 10 to May 31, 2020. This is the first stage of a longer-term project that aims to identify, analyse and compare changes in science-society relationships over the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Risk communication

Public engagement with science and technology

Representations of science and technology


Jenni Metcalfe

Michelle Riedlinger

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Martin W. Bauer

London School of Economics and Political Science

Anwesha Chakraborty

Universita di Bologna

Toss Gascoigne

Australian National University

Lars Guenther

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Marina Joubert

Universiteit Stellenbosch

Margaret Kaseje

Susana Herrera Lima

ITESO University

Gema Revuelta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Jan Riise

Chalmers, Göteborgs centrum för hållbar utveckling

Göteborgs universitet

Bernard Schiele

Université du Québec

Journal of Science Communication

1824-2049 (ISSN)

Vol. 19 7 1-23 1824-2049



Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)




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