The Global Knowledge Mobility Nexus: Preparing for Systemic Shocks in the Near-Term Future (2023)



It has been three years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of society and the economy, not just public health care delivery.

Consequently, the need for interdisciplinary and forward-looking policy research that supports timely and effective decision-making has never been more critical.

The Global Knowledge Mobility Nexus (2023) was prepared in response to the rising demand for strategic foresight expertise at the multilateral, national, and local level. This brief provides a comprehensive analytic framework to better understand the megatrends and emerging change drivers, including the COVID-19 pandemic, most likely to influence high-level policy agendas and major business decisions for the near-term future.

How this Strategic Intelligence Brief is Structured

Part One surveys the geopolitical shifts in six world regions that are disrupting global power relations and the traditional understanding of international governance systems.

Part Two reviews the diverse ways in which global mobility networks were impacted by and adapted to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Part Three assesses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cities as frontline actors in the global emergency response.

The unfinished pandemic recovery highlights the urgent necessity of promoting foresight analysis among global leaders so that they are better prepared to deal with systemic shocks in the near-term future.