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Researchers develop adaptive pandemic management to improve resilience

Date of news: 13 July 2021

Six researchers, including Vincent Marchau, Etiënne Rouwette and Hubert Korzilius from the Nijmegen school of Management, want to improve the resilience of healthcare and society by developing adaptive pandemic management. To this end, they will work with other researchers from Radboud university medical center and the University of Amsterdam over the next two years. The research group has received a 700,000 euro grant from the NWO for complexity research to help them achieve this.

Pandemic management

As pandemic management is very complex, with centralised and decentralised decision-making processes that all have strong influences on each other, this leads to uncertain healthcare outcomes and decreases social resilience. By developing adaptive pandemic management, the researchers hope that decision makers will be better equipped to deal with the uncertainties that arise with pandemics.

Preparing and adapting

“This means that the complexity of different parts of society, such as healthcare, the economy and education are mapped out internally and in relation to each other,” states Hubert Korzilius. “And that more effort is put intoshutterstock_1819892306 preparing and adapting management, rather than on predicting figures that fluctuate every day during a pandemic.”

Moreover, it improves the handling of pandemics’ effects in the social domain. “The importance of this research is evident: traditional decision-making approaches are not able to cope with the various uncertainties created by the developments of COVID-19,” adds Vincent Marchau.

Cooperation

Cooperation with other parties is also important to the project. The researchers work together with the University of Amsterdam, Radboud university medical center, GGD-Gelderland, Veilgsheidregio Gelderland-Zuid, Outbreak Management Team representatives, the Corona Dashboard Consortium, the National GGD Test Facilities Workgroup and Network 100. “The knowledge gained from this ongoing cooperative venture, with experts focused on complexity, pushes the borders of science around pandemic management,” Marchau explains. “Future pandemic management will become easier, as will maximising resilience across multiple social domains.”