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The World we make After The Corona Shock

How the corona crisis can strengthen the resilience of our economy and society

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In this presentation, Professor Johan Albrecht looks ahead at how the corona crisis can act as a game changer to bring about essential change in our country. 

Under the motto 'never let a good crisis go to waste', he advocates turning this shock into an opportunity. 

With 20 years of the 21st century already behind us, we must say goodbye to the recipes of the 20th. Decisiveness, a sense of responsibility, efficiency, leadership and mobilisation of all our talents will be needed.

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Prof. Dr. Johan Albrecht is an experienced economist with a broad interest in societal and technological changes. By combining different disciplines, he brings new insights that help in mastering our changing world. His key interests relate to sustainability challenges and the need to prepare for the future we aspire to. Since 2006, he has been a senior fellow at the Itinera Institute, an independent think tank based in Brussels ( His research activities focus on energy systems, climate policy, and the dynamics of housing markets. 

His recent books include "Corona Shock" (2020), "Investeer in een gezonde levensstijl. Op weg naar een activerend preventiebeleid" (2020), "Oikonomia" (2018), "Energietrilemma" (2017), and "Het gewicht van vlees" (2016). He is the author of 40 publications in international journals and volumes, and as a scientific advisor, he works for Belgian and international organizations.

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