Comics in the time of COVID-19: Tracking data on web-based comics and evaluating their potential for communicating public health messages

About the project Our pandemic lives are deeply entwined with visual, web-based public health messages, from instructional hand-washing pictograms to infographics about R numbers. Alongside these official public health communications, people have created thousands of web-based comics conveying public health messages. In 2021 this Bournemouth University-based research team collected a sample of over 15,000 ‘COVID […]

Governance: Ethics, Data and Procurement

During the pandemic, AHRC-funded research has examined questions relating to legal and ethical preparedness and responsiveness within health and social care and in government. Studies cover public sector procurement, COVID-19 related fraud, the use and management of data by the public sector, and vaccine development, uptake and delivery. They have identified a need for cross-departmental […]

The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19 (OMDDAC)

About the project The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Approaches to COVID-19 (OMDDAC) is a collaboration between Northumbria University & the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). OMDDAC researches data-driven approaches to COVID-19, with a focus on legal, ethical, policy and operational challenges. Studies have analysed key data-driven responses to Covid-19 and collated lessons learned throughout the pandemic […]

Arts and humanities in times of crisis

By Karen Gray, with Ellie O’Keeffe and Pascale Aebischer Please click here to access this guest blog post on WonkHE about the value of Arts and Humanities in times of crisis, and what we’ve learned from our survey of 106 researchers from 50+ teams in the Pandemic and Beyond cohort, about the unique pressures they […]

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Arts and humanities in times of crisis

By Karen Gray, with Ellie O’Keeffe and Pascale Aebischer Please click here to access this guest blog post on WonkHE about the value of Arts and Humanities in times of crisis, and what we’ve learned from our survey of 106 researchers from 50+ teams in the Pandemic and Beyond cohort, about the unique pressures they […]

VIP CLEAR: Children’s lockdown experiences applied to recovery

About the project This project sought to gather and critically evaluate children’s worldviews, perceptions and experiences during COVID-19. Working with multicultural schools and nurseries in Bristol and a national partner, Action for Children, the research team employed child-focused, creative methodologies, interweaving socially engaged arts practice with social science to capture children’s voices and views. Principal Investigator […]

The immobilities of gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic

About the project This transdisciplinary project sought to produce understandings of gender-based violence (GBV) during Covid 19 by studying the ways in which lockdowns change the spaces of GBV. It examined told and untold stories of GBV in relation to the complex patterns of mobilities uncovered – real and imagined movements in physical and virtual […]

The Arts Are Vital to Emergency Planning: Performance Strategies for Managing Pandemics

About the project Working with strategic decision-makers in Bristol, Glasgow and Newcastle City Councils, the research team investigated everyday innovations (social performances) and artistic interventions (aesthetic performances), to understand how performance can reimagine and facilitate city life in times of social distancing, and how performance theory and analysis might contribute to more nuanced, creative and […]

Public health messaging during the COVID pandemic: Dating app usage and sexual wellbeing among men who have sex with men

About the project This research studied the experiences of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The study’s focus was on uses of dating and hook up apps, sexual activity and how and how this changed during the pandemic as restrictions such as social distancing and lockdowns […]

Bereavement Rituals During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications for Mental Health Support, Funerary Practices and Public Health Messaging

About the project This project explored the ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic dislocated significant rituals and practices around death and dying. Through qualitative research with bereaved families and with funeral directors, the research team sought to investigate the impact on mental health, on adherence to public health guidelines, and on the planning and delivery […]