Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The pandemic has highlighted systemic inequalities across society. An interest in exploring and addressing these has been explicit in or threaded through many of the AHRC-funded COVID-19 studies. 

Researchers have explored how public health messaging might better reach different communities. They have also shone a spotlight on experiences of racism for people working in the healthcare system and the cultural sector.

Findings show that adaptation to hybrid or online practice by arts and cultural and community organisations has been effective in responding to the needs of those who are isolated, clinically vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged. Studies have made recommendations about the skills, infrastructure and communications needed to support equitable public access to services and support, and to inform fair working practices during recovery and in future public health crises. There are also important lessons to be learned about the barriers to digital inclusion and accessibility.

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