This hub showcases some leading examples of research, think-pieces and policy analysis across the full spectrum of the social sciences which contribute to understanding and tackling the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on society and economy.
The platform brings together a range of resources created by Academy Fellows and other distinguished social scientists and provides easy access to portals and hubs developed by universities, thinktanks, learned societies and other research institutions.
This is a dynamic project that will evolve over time. We’ll be growing and updating the content of the hub over the coming weeks and months.
Jo Casebourne | The impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable children and families
Jo Casebourne is Chief Executive of Early Intervention Foundation. She looks at some key findings from Early Intervention Foundation’s research on how Covid-19 is affecting services for vulnerable children and families and offers what needs to be addressed by policy, as the crisis continues to unfold.
Professor Becky Francis | Putting evidence to work in a lockdown and beyond: how we’ve set about addressing the Covid-19 attainment gap
Professor Becky Francis is Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation. Her piece explores how the Education Endowment Foundation has been responding to the widening attainment gap and supporting teachers and families during lockdown.
Michael Sanders and Ella Whelan | What Works and the Pandemic
Michael Sanders is Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care and Ella Whelan is Research Assistant. Michael & Ella Whelan discuss challenges, opportunities and how we’re responding in children’s social care to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr David Mussington | Covid-19 and Geopolitics
Dr David Mussington is Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Placing it in a wider geopolitical context, he considers Covid-19’s implications for the relationship between China and the United States, and explores how the pandemic has created incentives for both cooperation and competition.
Dr Hannah Carver and Dr Tessa Parks | Social science inspires researchers to create much needed system and service change for people who are homeless with substance use problems
Dr Hannah Carver is Lecturer in Substance Use and Dr Tessa Parkes is Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling. They explore the value of social science in supporting people who are homeless with problem substance use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on recent Scottish experience of ‘scaling up’ responses for this group of vulnerable people, the urgent need for alcohol as well as drugs harm reduction interventions, they reflect on how social science can help us reframe ways of understanding the nature of ‘the problem’ and consequent solutions
Mark Easton | The truth about Covid
Mark Easton is BBC’s Home Editor. The pandemic means that separating fact from fiction can be a matter of life and death. Big tech is starting to take action against misinformation spreading via social media Mark argues, but ensuring that trustworthy information prevails, and the truth is reflected in an inclusive way across the society, is a challenge for journalists and social scientists.
Professor Sir John Curtice FAcSS | Will Coronavirus change voters’ expectations of government?
Professor Ray Hudson FAcSS | COVID-19: Lessons to be learned from confronting a wicked problem
Professor Jane Duckett FAcSS | How political science can help the COVID-19 response: Insights from a study of China
Professor Mike Bradshaw and Dr Caroline Kuzemko | COVID-19 and Energy System Transformation – the future in fast forward? Or old habits die hard?
Dr Thomas Hale | An immune system for the body politic: Using social science to control COVID-19
Chris Yiu | Contact tracing apps highlight bigger challenges with tech, trust and power
Decision Maker Panel | Social science provides an essential evidence base for the policy response to COVID-19
Tera Allas CBE FAcSS | Future-proofing fiscal stimulus for the post-COVID-19 world
Professor Louise Arseneault | Covid-19 and mental health: A window of opportunity for social science
Professor Jane Millar OBE | COVID-19 and social security – where now and what next?
Professor Anand Menon | Politics after the pandemic
Professor John Goddard OBE FAcSS and Des McNulty | Universities and the recovery of local communities from the COVID-19 crisis: A role for the social sciences
Professor Andrew Tatem FAcSS | Pandemic acceleration
Professor Steve Martin | We need an evidence based recovery from the coronavirus pandemic
Professor Kalwant Bhopal | Business as usual? Race, white privilege and COVID-19
Professor Stephen Reicher | Social solidarity and social cohesion: The headline story of COVID-19
Dr Chris Tyler and Dr Adam Cooper | Re-imagining science advice in a post-COVID-19 future
Professor Mary Daly FAcSS | COVID-19 in care homes: What happened and how should we go forward?
Andy Haldane FAcSS | Responding to COVID-19: Social capital and the social sector in the 21st century
Professor Anna Vignoles and Professor Simon Burgess | The COVID-19 crisis and educational inequality
Professor Susan Michie FAcSS and Michael Sanders | Managing the impact of COVID-19: The role of behavioural and social sciences
Professor Jonathan Portes | Economics and epidemiology in the time of COVID-19
Professor Geoff Mulgan CBE | Social Science and social imagination
The perspectives expressed in these articles represent the independent views of the authors, and as such they do not represent the views of the Academy or its Campaign for Social Science.