COVID-19 and the European Union

COVID-19 and the European Union

Dr Eleanor Brooks is working with colleagues Assoc Prof Scott Greer (Michigan), Asst Prof Anniek de Ruijter (Amsterdam), Prof Robert Geyer (Lancaster) and Sarah Rozenblum (Michigan) on a handful of projects examining the European Union's response to COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on the EU's health agenda. These explore the EU's capacity to respond and the limits of its role, similarities between COVID-19 and previous crises that the EU has faced, and the potential for a longer term shift in the substance of the EU's health agenda. This work links with other GHPU projects on EU health governance - find more here.


Greer, S.L., Brooks, E. and de Ruijter, A. (2020) 'How COVID-19 just transformed EU health policy' EU Observer 20 July 2020.

Brooks, E., de Ruijter, A. and Greer, S.L. (2021) 'Covid‑19 and European Union health policy: from crisis to collective action' in Vanhercke B., Spasova S. and Fronteddu B. (eds.) Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2020, Facing the pandemic, Brussels, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Social Observatory (OSE).

Brooks, E. and Geyer, R. (2020) ‘EU Health policy and the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for agendas and decision-making dynamics’ Journal of European Integration.


Brooks, E., de Ruijter, A. and Greer, S.L. (2020) ‘The European Union confronts COVID-19: Another European rescue of the nation-state?’ forthcoming in S.L. Greer, E. King, A. Peralta and E. Massard de Fonseca (eds) Coronavirus Politics: The politics and policy of COVID-19, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

Greer, S.L., de Ruijter, A. and Brooks, E. (2020) ‘The COVID-19 pandemic: Failing forward in public health’ forthcoming in M. Riddervold, J. Trondal and A. Newsome (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of European Union Crisis, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Greer, S.L., de Ruijter, A., Rozenblum, S. and Brooks, E. (2021) 'COVID-19 and EU health policy', in Cini and Perez-Solorzano Borragan (eds) European Union Politics, 7th edition, Oxford University Press.


Dr Eleanor Brooks

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