Anna Petherick

Anna Petherick

Associate Professor in Public Policy and Director of the Lemann Foundation Programme

Anna Petherick is an Associate Professor in Public Policy and Director of the Lemann Foundation Programme. She is co-Principal Investigator of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) project, which, going back to January 2020, has been recording and analysing how national and subnational governments around the world have been enacting policies to fight the pandemic. Her research as part of OxCGRT focuses on combining policy data with behavioural data, from surveys and mobile phone records. In addition, she works on corruption, gender and trust, with much of it based in Brazil, and acts as a reviewer for journals including PNAS, APSR and Nature Medicine.

Anna completed her MPhil (Comparative Government) and DPhil (Politics) at Oxford University, during which she taught statistics to second-year PPE students and tutored Brazilian politics.

Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Anna worked as a full-time journalist. She held positions such as Argentina Correspondent at The Economist, science correspondent at The Economist, and section-editor at the science journal, Nature. She wrote a column for The Guardian that fused longevity and wellbeing research (how to die as late as possible, and until then stay as happy and as physically young as possible), and another column about the social dimensions of climate change for the journal, Nature Climate Change. Anna’s journalism has also appeared in Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, and The Lancet, among many other outlets, and she has reported from Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, The Gambia, Greenland, Malawi, Norway, Uruguay, Spain, and Senegal.

Anna holds a BA (MA) in Natural Sciences (Evolutionary Genetics, Population Modelling) from Cambridge University.

Listen to a recent podcast where Anna discusses the work of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker team.

Faculty spotlight on Anna Petherick.


Recent peer-reviewed publications

LB Aknin*, B Andretti*, R Goldszmidt*, JF Helliwell*, A Petherick*, JE De Neve et al. Policy stringency and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis of data from 15 countries.The Lancet Public Health 7 (5), e417-e426 (2022).

J Wolff, D Elitzer, A Petherick, M Tudor, K Tyner. COVID-19 and Authoritarianism: Two Strategies of Engaging Fear. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 13 (2), 78-98 (2022).

T Phillips, Y Zhang, A Petherick. A year of living distantly: global trends in the use of stay-at-home orders over the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interface Focus 11 (6), 20210041 (2021).

R Goldszmidt*, A Petherick*, EB Andrade, T Hale, R Furst, T Phillips et al. Protective behaviors against COVID-19 by individual vaccination status in 12 countries during the pandemic. JAMA Network Open 4 (10), e2131137-e2131137 (2021).

A Petherick*, R Goldszmidt*, EB Andrade, R Furst, T Hale, A Pott, A Wood. A worldwide assessment of changes in adherence to COVID-19 protective behaviours and hypothesized pandemic fatigue. Nature Human Behaviour 5 (9), 1145-1160 (2021).

T Hale, N Angrist, AJ Hale, B Kira, S Majumdar, A Petherick, T Phillips et al. Government responses and COVID-19 deaths: Global evidence across multiple pandemic waves. PLoS One 16 (7), e0253116 (2021).

A De Souza Santos, A Petherick. Challenges of creating open datasets about COVID-19 policies in Brazil. Lasa Forum 52 (2) (2021).

T Hale, N Angrist, R Goldszmidt, B Kira, A Petherick, T Phillips, S Webster et al. A global panel database of pandemic policies (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker). Nature Human Behaviour 5 (4), 529-538 (2021).

A Petherick. Developing antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2. The Lancet 395 (10230), 1101-1102 (2020).

(*indicates joint first authorship)