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.


British Ritual Innovation under COVID-19

Dr. Joshua Edelman
(Manchester Metropolitan University)

Communicating the Pandemic

Professor Stephen Coleman
(University of Leeds)

COVID in Cartoons

Dr Fransiska Louwagie
(University of Leicester)


Culture and the Arts, from Restriction to Enhancement: Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region

Professor Josie Billington
(University of Liverpool)

Creative Doodle Book

Developing Inclusive Community Arts Engagement During Physical Distancing

Professor Matthew Reason
(York St John University)

Cultural Translation and Interpreting of COVID-19 Risks among London’s Migrant Communities

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg
(School of Oriental and African Studies)

Culture Box

Remote and Digital Delivery of Arts and Creative Activities to Improve the Wellbeing of People with Dementia in Care Homes

Professor Victoria Tischler
(University of Exeter)

Grading Gowns

Redesigning one-size PPE to fit and protect female health workers more effectively

Professor Katherine Townsend
(Nottingham Trent University)

Nursing Narratives

Racism and the Pandemic

Professor Anandi Ramamurthy
(Sheffield Hallam University)

Performing Leadership Differently: Co-creating Strategies for Change

Dr Amitabh S Rai
(Queen Mary University of London)

Scenes of shame and stigma in COVID-19

Professor Luna Dolezal, Dr Arthur Rose, and Dr Fred Cooper
(University of Exeter)

Stay Home Stories

Rethinking the Domestic During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Professor Alison Blunt
(Queen Mary University of London)

The Covid-19 Review Observatory

Tracking Parliaments’ Performance in the UK during the Pandemic

Professor Fiona de Londras
(Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham)

Touch Post-COVID-19

Navigating Through Deafblindness in the  UK via Haptic-Audiovisual Technologies of Perception

Dr Azadeh Emadi
(University of Glasgow)

UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator

Professor Ilina Singh
(University of Oxford)

Walking publics / Walking arts

Walking, wellbeing, and community during COVID-19

Professor Dee Heddon
(University of Glasgow)