Professor of Social Psychology, University of Cambridge
Dr. Sander van der Linden is Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge where he also co-convenes the Cambridge Special Interest Group on Disinformation and Media Literacy. He has won numerous awards for his research on human judgment, communication, and decision-making, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Sage Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Frank Prize in Public Interest Research from the University of Florida and the Sir James Cameron Medal for the Public Understanding of Risk from the Royal College of Physicians.
His research is regularly featured in outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the BBC and he has been described by WIRED magazine as one of “15 top thinkers” and by Fast Company Design as one “four heroes who are defending digital democracy online”. He is Editor of the book “Risk and Uncertainty in a Post-Truth Society” (Routledge, 2019) and currently working on his next book, ” The Truth Vaccine: An Antidote to Fake News and Misinformation”.
He has worked with governments and social media companies around the world to implement his research on how to counter the spread of disinformation. Before joining Cambridge, he held academic positions at Princeton, Yale, and the LSE.
For more than a year governments and international organisations have struggled to re-organise societal behaviour and enforce restrictive measures, while coping with the spread of disinformation, economic disruption, competition for vaccine procurement, difficulties of vaccine logistics and other challenges. What are the national security implications posed by the infodemic related to COVID-19?