COVID-19 Perspectives

Research on COVID-19 from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh

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Care home study maps lockdown impact on families, says George Palattiyil

A new study is to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents. Edinburgh researchers and…

A citizen science approach for supporting vulnerable populations during COVID-19 crisis, by Jessica Hafetz Mirman

There is an abundance of COVID-19 research and engagement activities happening across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the…

Heat and COVID-19 in the off-grid city, by Nausheen Anwar, Sulfikar Amir, Jamie Cross, Daniel Friedrich, Aalok Khandekar, Marie Morelle, Elspeth Oppermann and Anindrya Nastiti

Amidst almost unstoppable contagion, many have hung their hopes on heat and humidity as a potential defence against contracting COVID-19….

Bangladesh’s information entrepreneurs rally against COVID-19, writes Julia Qermezi Huang

I recently joined a COVID-19-themed Zoom session with 25 women entrepreneurs living in rural parts of Bangladesh who are trained…

Responding to COVID-19: The coming of age of regionalism in Asia, asks Monalisa Adhikari

A concerted global response has been largely absent in addressing the unprecedented crisis unleashed by Covid-19. The UN Security Council,…

Responses by African intergovernmental organisations to COVID-19, by Kathryn Nash

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis there has been concern about the particular vulnerabilities of the African continent in the face of…

Syria: local agreements, regional rivalry and a global pandemic, by Juline Beaujouan and Eyas Ghreiz

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is moving towards his goal to recapture ‘every inch’ of the Syrian territory, Idlib governorate…

Scratching below the surface: what can local peace agreements tell us about armed groups and conflict fragmentation, writes Juline Beaujouan, Tim Epple, Robert Wilson and Laura Wise

The call for an immediate global ceasefire launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on March 23, 2020, as a response…

Social media, blockchain, big data & co: How do we support women mediators in peace processes in a technology-driven world, writes Fiona Knäussel

Since the introduction of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in 2000, women’s inclusion and active participation in peace…

Changing consumption practices, by Lisa Howard

Much has been written in the media about changes in consumer spending over the lockdown period. More food and alcohol,…

Next: The possible second wave, by Liz Stanley

A consortium of the leaders of the UK‘s medical, nursing and public health professions on 24 June published a joint…

Rethinking the house as a public health technology of preparedness, writes Imogen Bevan

The main public critique levelled at the UK government’s “Stay Home” campaign was its failure to be implemented fast enough,…

A gun for the end of the world, by Joe Anderson

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, I have watched gun rights organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) find a profound…

The Usher Institute organizes COVID-19 webinars to strengthen partnership, inform policy and bridge knowledge gaps, writes Aphaluck Bhatiasevi

The Usher Institute in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh has been organising weekly…

Pandemics, COVID-19, and literary studies: past and present, by Nandini Sen

What made me write this essay: “For the past four years I have been writing a historical novel set in…

University of Edinburgh launches the Digital Social Science Cluster to support social science research in times of the pandemic, write cluster leads Karen Gregory, Morgan Currie and Kate Miltner

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing our reliance on the use of technology and digital platforms for education and research. From…

Shielding and exit from lockdown: medical anthropologist Ian Harper asks why he should stay at home?

Last weekend I received a letter from the Scottish Government, dated 18 May 2020, stating: “The NHS has identified you……

Fake times and real life during the pandemic, by Angus Bancroft

One of the effects of our arm’s length social life is that we interact with a limited range of interactional…

The positive effects of COVID-19 and the social determinants of health: all in it together? By Sarah Hill, Sharon Friel and Jeff Collin

Policy responses to the pandemic need to take account of underlying social inequities We welcome Bryn Nelson’s analysis of the…

COVID-19 and health systems: responding to unpredictable predictability, by Liz Grant, Yina Lizeth Gracia-Lopez and Christine Bell

Health systems across the world have been tested by this pandemic, and many have been found wanting, surprised by the…

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