Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham is professor of history and director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

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Opinion | Covid-19 infodemic: To stem the tide of panic, we need to understand people’s fears, not condemn them

Epidemics confront us with existential life-and-death questions that invoke strong emotions. Medical science and public health practitioners should address feelings as a key part of communication and preparedness, rather than dismiss them.

1 Mar 2020 - 9:19AM

Epidemics confront us with existential life-and-death questions that invoke strong emotions. Medical science and public health practitioners should address feelings as a key part of communication and preparedness, rather than dismiss them.

Covid-19 infodemic: To stem the tide of panic, we need to understand people’s fears, not condemn them
Opinion | Coronavirus is testing the limits of China’s – and Hong Kong’s – preparedness

Mounting criticism of Beijing’s response to the outbreak and depictions of life in a society under lockdown puncture the image of China’s efficient, tech-invested regime. In Hong Kong, the crisis is exposing the fault lines of a divided city.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:10PM

Mounting criticism of Beijing’s response to the outbreak and depictions of life in a society under lockdown puncture the image of China’s efficient, tech-invested regime. In Hong Kong, the crisis is exposing the fault lines of a divided city.

Coronavirus is testing the limits of China’s – and Hong Kong’s – preparedness
Opinion | In a critical hour for Hong Kong, universities can help us find our way back to humanity

Universities play an increasingly economic role in society but, more importantly, they should be places of thinking. In a polarised Hong Kong, it is the study of humanities that will equip people with critical thinking skills and empathy.

6 Sep 2019 - 8:21PM

Universities play an increasingly economic role in society but, more importantly, they should be places of thinking. In a polarised Hong Kong, it is the study of humanities that will equip people with critical thinking skills and empathy.

In a critical hour for Hong Kong, universities can help us find our way back to humanity
Opinion | Why dengue fever prevention calls for attention to the big picture, not just the pests in our own backyards

Hong Kong can draw on both its history of epidemics and the talent and technological expertise in the Pearl River Delta region to tackle mosquito-borne diseases.

12 Sep 2018 - 3:14PM

Hong Kong can draw on both its history of epidemics and the talent and technological expertise in the Pearl River Delta region to tackle mosquito-borne diseases.

Why dengue fever prevention calls for attention to the big picture, not just the pests in our own backyards
A dose of humanities is good medicine after all