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

Co-design and implement a COVID-19 vaccine uptake intervention within Chinese communities in England
Dr Qian Gong – University of Leicester

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 journalism as a pandemic exit strategy for local/regional UK communities
Professor An Nguyen – Bournemouth University

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

Communicating the Pandemic: Improving public communication and understanding
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 Studie

Infodemic: Combatting Covid-19 conspiracy theories
Professor Peter Knight – University of Manchester

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

Information design for diagnostics: Ensuring confidence and accuracy in COVID testing
Professor Sue Walker – University of Reading

TRAC:COVID – 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

Quality improvement tool for redesining healthcare service-user journeys with COVID-19 risks assessment and mitigation
Professor Tom Inns – University of Strathclyde

Routes of Infection: Routes to safety: Creative mapping of human viral behaviours on the bus to understand infection prevention practices
Dr Paul Hurley – University of Southampton

Touch Post-Covid19: Navigating through deafblindness in the UK via contactless haptic-audio-visual technollogies of perception
Dr Azadeh Emadi – University of Glasgow


A National Day of Reflection on the Covid-19 pandemic: lessons from past memorialisation initiatives and attitudes in the present
Dr David Tollerton – University of Exeter

At Home with Children: Learning from Lockdown
Professor Rosie Parnell – Newcastle University

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)

Combatting gendered, sexual risks and harms online during Covid-19: Developing resources for young pepole, parents and schools
Professor Kaitlynn Mendes – University of Leicester

Covid-19 rumours in historical context
Professor Joanne Fox – School of Advanced Study, University of London

NHS Voices of Covid
Professor Stephanie Snow – University of Manchester

Nursing Narratives: Racism and the pandemic
Dr Anandi Ramamurthy – Sheffield Halam University

Scenes of Shame and Stigma in Covid-19
Professor Luna Dolezal – University of Exeter

Stay Home – rethinking the domestic during the Covid-19 pandemic
Professor Alison Blunt – Queen Mary University of London

The immobilities of gender based violence in the Covid-19 pandemic
Dr Leslie Murray – University of Brighton

Voices in a pandemic: Children’s lockdown experiences applied to recovery
Professor Lindsey Jo McEwen – University of the West of England