Knowing the Pandemic: Communication, Information and Experience

Communication & data analysis

This group of projects focuses on tracking and understanding how information about the pandemic has been spread and understood by diverse communities.


These projects have made strong interventions in understanding and improving design for healthcare settings and other public services.


These research projects have used creative methodologies to investigate how the pandemic has been understood and interpreted by communities in real time.

Communication & data analysis

Between environmental concerns and compliance

How does media messaging affect motivation and choice between disposable versus reusable face masks?

Professor Nathan Abrams
(Bangor University)

COJO for COVID Recovery

Solutions-focused Constructive Journalism as an Exit Strategy for the UK’s Local/Regional Communities

Professor An Nguyen
(University of Bournemouth)

Comics in the time of COVID-19

Tracking data on web-based comics and evaluating their potential for communicating public health messages

Professor Anna Feigenbaum
(Bournemouth University)

Communicating the Pandemic

Professor Stephen Coleman
(University of Leeds)

Coronavirus Discourses

Linguistic evidence for effective public health messaging

Professor Svenja Adolphs
(University of Nottingham)

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

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


Combatting covid-19 conspiracy theories

Professor Peter Knight
(University of Manchester)

Information Design for Diagnostics

Ensuring Confidence and Accuracy for Home Testing

Professor Sue Walker
(University of Reading)

Public health messaging during the COVID pandemic

Dating app usage and sexual wellbeing among men who have sex with men

Professor Ben Light
(University of Salford)


Trust and Communication: A Coronavirus online visual dashboard

Dr Andrew Kehoe
(Birmingham City University)


Grading Gowns

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

Professor Katherine Townshend
(Nottingham Trent University)

Routes of Infection, Routes to Safety

Creative Mapping of Human-Viral Behaviours on the Bus to Understand Infection Prevention Practices

Dr Emma Roe, Dr Sandra Wilks, Dr Paul Hurley
(University of Southampton)

Dr Charlotte Veal
(Newcastle University)

Touch Post-COVID-19

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

Dr Azadeh Emadi
(University of Glasgow)


A National Day of Reflection

Lessons from past memorialisation initiatives and attitudes in the present

Dr David Tollerton
(University of Exeter)

Bereavement Rituals During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Implications for Mental Health Support, Funerary Practices and Public Health Messaging

Dr Karen Windle
(National Centre for Social Research – NatCen)

COVID-19 Rumours in Historical Context

Professor Joanne Fox
(School of Advanced Study)

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)


Children’s lockdown experiences applied to recovery

Professor Lindsey McEwen
(University of the West of England)