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.
Andy Haldane FAcSS | Responding to COVID-19: Social capital and the social sector in the 21st century
Andy Haldane FacSS is Chief Economist at the Bank of England. In his piece Andy argues that times of crisis highlight the importance of social capital – relationships and networks that glue societies together. We should now also give social capital and the social sector the recognition and the supporting infrastructure they need to successfully tackle the current pandemic and future challenges.
Professor Anna Vignoles and Professor Simon Burgess | The COVID-19 crisis and educational inequality
Anna Vignoles is a Professor of Education at University of Cambridge and Simon Burgess is Professor of Economics at University of Bristol. Their piece highlights the ways in which the current pandemic will further entrench inter- and intra-generational inequalities in educational attainment in the UK, and looks at what we should think about when designing policy solutions that reduce these inequalities.
Professor Susan Michie and Michael Sanders | Managing the impact of COVID-19: The role of behavioural and social sciences
Susan Michie FAcSS, FMedSci is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London, and Michael Sanders is Reader in Public Policy at the King’s College’s Policy Institute and Chief Executive of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. Their piece highlights the key role that behavioural and social scientists play in pandemics, by both informing policy and helping to shape the way that policy is communicated.
Professor Jonathan Portes | Economics and epidemiology in the time of COVID-19
Jonathan is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at KCL. In this piece he argues for the inclusion of the full spectrum of social science knowledge and expertise in key advisory and consultative forums informing the government’s strategy, to ensure a balanced approach to managing and mitigating the pandemic’s impacts across society and economy.
Professor Geoff Mulgan CBE | Social Science and social imagination
Geoff is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at UCL. In this piece he focuses on the urgent need to revitalise our ‘social imagination’ and rediscover our ability to think big and differently about the post-pandemic future.
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.