The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world's health and economic systems dramatically, whereas the resilience of countries worldwide differs to a great extent. While Germany and North Scandinavian countries are relatively robust for different reasons, politically more isolated or crisis neglecting countries, such as Brazil or Iran, are impacted mainly by high growth rates of infections and consequences of long lockdowns respectively. The Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalised World" launched a cooperation project to analyse government responses to COVID-19. Find out more about the two project components.

(1) The CoronaNet Project : Tracking government responses towards COVID-19

Government policy reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic have direct consequences for its spread and effect on health outcomes; ultimately such policies will determine whether the global fight against COVID-19 are successful or not. As policymakers, researchers and the broader public debate and compare different governmental approaches, they need a real-time and traceable dataset of government policies in order to understand not only what policies are effective, but under what conditions they are effective.

The aim of the CoronaNet Research Project is not only to compile such a database on government responses to the corona virus and to make it publicly available (a beta version of the dataset has been made public since April 11, 2020 and new data is released daily with a 5 day lag from when a policy was collected into the databse) for others to use, but to also to understand, among other things, what drives these responses and under what conditions they can help stymy the epidemic.

  1. CoronaNet Research Project

    Funded by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalised World"

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Participating Institutes

The Bavarian School of Public Policy (non-member of the Alliance)

Technical University of Munich (non-member of the Alliance)

NYU Abu Dhabi (non-member of the Alliance)

Jataware (non-member of the Alliance)

(2) Governing COVID-19 : Analysing the effects of government responses in Brazil, Iran, Tanzania, and Germany

The objective of this project is to assess impacts of government responses to Corona using key indicators on Food Security and Socio-Economy in rural and peri-urban areas of the three countries Brazil, Iran and Tanzania and to compare findings between the countries and to Germany. Whilst on a global scale government responses of most countries align, with regards to acknowledging the severity of the coronavirus, and imposed measures, such as curfews, and trade restrictions, the government responses of the chosen countries of study are very different. While instruments to combat COVID-19 are also different and also the manner of transparency differs across these countries; they provide an interesting platform for the study of effects of government responses to COVID-19 in societies.

Participating Institutes

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

Dr. rer. agr. Katharina Löhr
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Dr. agr. habil. Stefan Sieber
​​​​Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforsung (ZALF)
PD Dr. habil. Linde Götz
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
Dr. Tinoush Jamali Jaghdani
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
Dr. Daniel Flemes
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Dr. Stefan Kroll
Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK/PRIF)
Frankfurt am Main