1st Edition

Global Risk Management The Role of Collective Cognition in Response to COVID-19

Edited By Louise K. Comfort, Mary Lee Rhodes Copyright 2022
    312 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The rise and spread of Covid-19 in the beginning of 2020 presents a once-in-a-century challenge and opportunity for decision makers, managers, scholars, and citizens to understand the risks, mitigate its impact and prepare for future crises.

    Drawing on a global network of scholars, this book presents a comparative analysis of ten nations’ response to a global pandemic, while operating nominally under the framework of the World Health Organization. The book introduces the concept of ‘collective cognition’ as an analytic lens for examining the nations’ response to Covid-19 during the first six months of the emerging pandemic (January – June 2020) and draws out insights for improving systems of global risk management.

    This book addresses four primary audiences: policy-makers and leaders in nations struggling to contain viruses while guiding their societies under threat; academic researchers, students, and educators engaged in preparing the next generation of professionals committed to investigating emerging risk: managers of non-profit and private organizations that operate and maintain the networks of social, technical, and economic services that are essential to functioning communities; and the informed general public interested in understanding this extraordinary sequence of events and in managing the novel risk of COVID-19 in a more informed, responsible way.

    1. Collective Cognition in Complex Systems

    Louise Comfort & Mary Lee Rhodes 

    2. The Global Context: Progression of the Pandemic across the World, the Role of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Functioning of the Global Health Governance and Institutional System

    Laura Olson 

    3. Achieving the Transition from Collective Cognition to Collective Action in Responding to COVID-19 in China

    Haibo Zhang, Louise Comfort & Nie Yulun 

    4. The Impact of Inter-Crisis Learning on the Risk Cognition and the Utilization of Information Technologies in Korea

    Kilkon Ko, Saemi Chang & Seunghyun Lee 

    5. Facilitating Citizens’ Voluntary Commitment: Japan’s Cooperation-based Approach

    Aya Okada 

    6. Multiscalar aspects of the COVID-19 crisis in Italy with a focus on the Metropolitan area of Milan

    Veronica Gazzola and Scira Menoni 

    7. A Comparative Analysis of COVID-19 responses in Ireland

    Conor Mark Dowling & Mary Lee Rhodes 

    8. Cognition, Communication, and Collective Action: Turkey’s Response to COVID-19

    Güneş Ertan & Ali Çarkoğlu, Koç 

    9. Same Country, Different Stories: Context, Complexity, and Cognition in the United States

    Michael D. Siciliano, Louise Comfort, Naim Kapucu, Seunghyun Lee & Jun Li 

    10. The Need to Protect the Most Vulnerable: The COVID-19 Crisis in Long-Term and Residential Care in Canada 

    Jean Slick & Haorui Wu 

    11. From "People Need to Hug Each Other, Do It – and Nothing Will Happen" to "Keep a Healthy Distance": The Mexican Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Monica Camacho & Mónica Jacobo Suárez 

    12. Cognition and Collective Action for COVID-19 Prevention and Response in the United Arab Emirates

    Edris Alam 

    13. Evidence and Indicators of ‘Collective Cognition’ Across Countries 

    Mary Lee Rhodes & Louise Comfort 

    14. A Learning Model for Global Risk?

    Louise Comfort & Mary Lee Rhodes


    Louise K. Comfort is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Center for Disaster Management, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

    Mary Lee Rhodes is Associate Professor of Public Management at Trinity Business School and Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.