Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Western Sydney – WSU Student Projects

We are now six months into the coronavirus pandemic that has changed life as we know it and the economic impact of COVID-19, and its associated shutdowns on the national, state and local economies have begun to be demonstrated. Students of Western Sydney University (WSU) undertaking the 200537 Economics & Finance Engagement Spring Project have … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Western Sydney – WSU Student Projects

The Human and Economic Cost of the Explosion in Beirut Lebanon on 4th of August 2020

The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which fortunately saw no major casualties led to over $1.1 billion dollars being donated by the global community - will Lebanon be overlooked now at this moment of devastation or will the global community rise to the occasion as we must do whenever such a tragedy occurs?

Western Sydney Community Forum Q & A – Impacts on the arts and future generations

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As part of supporting community sector agencies during COVID-19, the Western Sydney Community Forum has developed a panel of experts to respond to questions through a central email helpline. The Q & A … Continue reading Western Sydney Community Forum Q & A – Impacts on the arts and future generations

Government Plans to Re-open the Economy Through Eased Restrictions: Business and Consumer Behaviour to Be Seen

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Australians begin to navigate the complexities of the economy ‘opening up’ again as the National Cabinet announced yesterday a three-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy, with the goal of restoring one … Continue reading Government Plans to Re-open the Economy Through Eased Restrictions: Business and Consumer Behaviour to Be Seen

Schools Re-opening Sparks Confusion, Distress & Debate

With the second school term having resumed in all states, debates have reopened regarding whether schools should resume face-to-face learning and whether doing so will threaten the progress made by existing coronavirus containment measures.

‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020.  Nowcasting, a portmanteau of “now” and “forecasting”, is a method of very short-range forecasting that uses recent data to determine the present and near future and, in some disciplines, the very recent past. … Continue reading ‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As discussed previously, there are a myriad of factors associated with the coronavirus pandemic that negatively impact psychological wellness. While many aspects of this crisis have a clear and direct link to known … Continue reading Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday 16 April that coronavirus restrictions will stay in place for at least four more weeks.  These baseline regulations, including 1.5 metre distances between people, gatherings of no … Continue reading 4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance