We launched the Campaign for Social Science COVID-19 hub in May 2020 to highlight the vital contribution of the social sciences to the pandemic response. It was clear that social science insight was going to be centrally important both during and long after the immediate response.
We are now engaged in a second phase of our project, showcasing some of the best social science thinking on how we can most successfully come out of the emergency phase of the pandemic.
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 continue to evolve over time, and we’d really like to hear your thoughts and ideas on content.
Torsten Bell FAcSS | The COVID certainty: more savings for the rich, more debt for the poor
Torsten is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. In this piece he describes some of the economic impacts of the pandemic and the challenges we will face in the future as a result. The piece demonstrates the impact on shopping patterns, household income levels, and work patterns. It also demonstrates that the pandemic has caused an acceleration of the increasing gap between rich and poor in the UK.
Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE et al | Children’s rights in a digital world: Can COVID-19 move governments from evidence to action
Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE FBA FBPS FAcSS FRSA is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In this piece Sonia and her co-authors examine the significant impact of the pandemic on children’s digital lives and how governments can develop and implement policies to protect their rights.
Professor John Drury et al | Understanding and supporting the role of mutual aid groups in the COVID-19 pandemic
Professor John Drury is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. In this article John and his co-authors, highlight the findings of their research exploring the role and importance of mutual aid groups during the pandemic. As continued public health disease outbreaks continue to be needed, they argue that these groups will continue to be a useful part of the civil society landscape in the foreseeable future.
Professor Jonathan Portes FAcSS | Coming out of COVID: Building back better economics
Professor Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Kings College University London. In this piece he critiques the impact pre-COVID economic policy measures had on the UK’s ability to effectively mitigate the social, health and economic effects of the pandemic. He goes on to explore and analyse what a genuinely transformative economic agenda for the post-COVID-19 era might entail.
Professor Kavita Vedhara FAcSS et al | Mind your language: Language and outcomes in the COVID-19 pandemic, and lessons for the future
Professor Kavita Vedhara FAcSS is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham. In this piece, she and her co-authors explore the questions: Why does language matter and why is it so important in medicine and healthcare? How has language and messaging influenced pandemic outcomes in the UK?
Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS | Social policy perspectives on COVID-19
Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS is Emeritus Professor in European Social Policy within the Department of Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University. She is also Visiting Professor at the LSE International Inequalities Institute. In this article, Linda explores how the pandemic heightened the need for robust social policy analysis conducted globally at the interface between the social, human and life sciences, and technology.
Professor Martyn Pickersgill FAcSS | COVID-19 shows how governments need to work more closely with experts in the social aspects of biomedicine
Professor Martyn Pickersgill FAcSS is Personal Chair of the Sociology of Science and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In this piece he argues that although central to managing the pandemic, physical and biomedical scientists alone are not best placed to fully comprehend the extent and nature of the disruptions COVID-19 has had on society. He calls for greater representation of social scientists in government policymaking circles tasked with responding to the crisis.
Professor David Simon FAcSS | Cities Coping with COVID-19
Professor David Simon FAcSS is Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. In this article he explores how diverse cities in different contexts are experiencing and responding to the pandemic, the similarities and differences, reflecting the interrelationships between national epidemiologies and policies on the one hand, and local urban characteristics and priorities on the other.
Professor Yipeng Liu FAcSS | Energising resilience, accelerating agility, and leveraging collaborative partnerships for recovery
Professor Yipeng Liu is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, and Founding Director of the Research Centre for China Management and Global Business at Henley Business School, University of Reading. One year on from the global pandemic, Yipeng explores lessons learned from the rapid recovery strategies adopted by countries in the East, such as China, Singapore and South Korea. He argues that resilience, agility and collaborative partnership were key to their success, which are three essential concepts underpinned by social sciences.
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.