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COVID-19 Information and Guidance

The Baker Institute's Coronavirus Response

“As our civilization approaches a turning point it is our collective responsibility to take on the momentous challenge of COVID-19 by guiding our leaders toward wisdom and resilience. Only then will we turn a crisis into an opportunity and emerge a stronger family of nations.”

— Amb. Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Rice University's Baker Institute


The Baker Institute is working closely with Rice University to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our community. The health and safety of our guests and staff remain our top priority. Baker Hall is open to accommodate students and instructors with classes in the building, but most fellows, scholars, researchers and administrative staff members continue to work remotely. Please refer to the Rice University Crisis Management information page for more details and updates. In addition, a director's message from Ambassador Djerejian is available here.

We hope to see you at the Baker Institute when it is safe to resume our activities. Thank you for your continued support.

Related Research and Events

The Baker Institute continues to analyze and address critical policy issues as we move into the second year of living with COVID-19. With a deep bench of experts in areas such as energy, health policy, science & technology, and economics, we are well-positioned to provide fact-based, results-oriented research that informs policymakers and the public alike. Follow the links below to learn more.

Webinars and Podcasts

Each week, the Baker Institute offers free webinars and podcasts on a range of issues, from what is needed for a robust rebound from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic to fact-based recommendations for parenting young children during difficult times. In addition, the Center for Energy Studies is producing a special series of weekly webinars on rapidly changing developments in the energy sector.

For a full list of all scheduled webinars to date, please see our events page. Our "Policy Matters" podcasts are available here


Webinar: Energy Perspectives 2021 — An Uncertain Future

As the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the scale and pace of energy transitions are a subject of intense deliberation and study. Eirik Wærness, senior vice president and chief economist of Equinor, sits down with Ken Medlock, the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, to discuss the recently released Energy Perspectives report and three distinct scenarios for future energy demand in a post-COVID world.

Watch the webinar


Webinar: Mental Health in the Aftermath of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Panelists — including Quianta Moore, the Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy — explore how the Texas Legislature has responded to the rising prevalence of mental illness and how its actions could impact the delivery of mental health services in Houston and across the state.


Baker Institute experts are producing a steady stream of reports and blogs in response to COVID-19. Recent publications include a look at vaccine holdouts as well as evolving unemployment benefit policies and the mental health fallout in underserved Latinx communities.

Visit the Baker Institute research library and blog for our coronavirus-related work, and much more.


Variants, Vaccines: What's in Store for the U.S. this Summer?

The pace of emerging COVID-19 variants makes clear there is urgency to fully vaccinate the U.S. population as quickly as possible. Peter Hotez, an internationally recognized vaccine scientist and the Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty, explains how we can prevent a COVID-19 surge this summer.

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The Pandemic's Impact in the Muslim World

How have the major disruptions of the past year impacted religious life in the Muslim world? Middle East fellow A.Kadir Yildirim and his co-authors lay out their findings from a survey on the effects of the pandemic in five Middle Eastern countries.

Read more

In the News

The institute continues to lend a strong voice in local, national and international media outlets to help explain the numerous impacts and policy challenges caused by COVID-19. Our fellows and scholars have shared their expertise in hundreds of print, television and online stories. Check out our “Experts in the News” page for links to some of their interviews or follow us on Twitter for real-time updates.

Support the Baker Institute

Baker Institute experts are defining and addressing the critical issues challenging our health, economy and society and are providing data-driven policy solutions to assist in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Your generous support helps us continue our valuable work.

Consider joining the Roundtable or making a general donation. If you are interested in making a more significant investment in the Baker Institute or hold specific interest in any of our centers or programs, please contact Leah Gross, director of development, at or 713.348.2977.