COVID-19 Perspectives

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

Author: Ritti Soncco

CAHSS funds nine innovative COVID-19 knowledge-exchange projects

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) College Research Award  has awarded nine COVID19-related projects with grants of…

Covid-19 and the Black Asian Minority Ethnic Healthcare Workforce, by Radha Adhikari

Disease pandemics in history have regularly brought social inequalities and prejudice back to the surface.[1] Marginalised and vulnerable groups such…

Edinburgh Law School creates animations to discuss structural injustice, denaturalized natural disasters, epistemic injustice, and the nature of emergencies

The following series is supported by the Wellcome Trust and led by Dr Agomoni Ganguli Mitra.  All animations were created…

The NHS is a health system not a charity. It should be funded accordingly, writes Rebecca Richards

He walked his way into the hearts of a nation – one lap of his garden at a time. In…

Kat Smith, Sudeepa Abeysinghe and Christina Boswell reflect on the impact of COVID-19 in SKAPE seminar, by Cleo Davies

This blogpost is a summary of the SKAPE Seminar on the 24 June 2020 Kat Smith (Strathclyde), Sudeepa Abeysinghe (Social Policy, Edinburgh) and Christina Boswell (PIR, Edinburgh)…

University staff and students help distribute food to those in need, writes Stuart Tooley

To mark Volunteers’ Week, Kirsteen Shields speaks about her work to co-ordinate volunteers to help local charity, Cyrenians. Shortages of…

How physicians used contact tracing 500 years ago to control the bubonic plague, by Samuel Cohn and Mona O’Brien

Contact tracing has been remarkably successful at helping contain the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, Australia and Germany, as well…

South Africa’s gig drivers left alone at the wheel, writes Mohammad Amir Anwar

Drivers who use ride-hailing apps like Uber are getting little help from their companies and fall through the cracks of…

Local policing must adapt to cybercrime in the post-pandemic era, write Ben Collier, Shane Horgan, Richard Jones and Lynsay Shepherd

In a recent briefing paper on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for cybercrime policing in Scotland commissioned by the…

What the Spanish Flu can teach us about making face masks compulsory, writes Samuel Cohn

Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their…

Homeschooling children with Additional Support Needs reveals the digital divide in Inclusive Digital Technologies, writes Paul Nisbet

Children and young people with disabilities or Additional Support Needs (ASN) and their families face particular challenges as a result…

COVID-19 exposes the limits of debt-driven capitalism, writes Emilios Avgouleas

Economies based on high levels of leverage are inherently fragile and with no inbuilt resilience to withstand even mild shocks…

India’s informal economy, gender-based violence, and mental health challenges demand crucial inspection, write Nandini Sen, Anusua Singh Roy, Jayanta Bhattacharya, and Subrata Shankar Bagchi

Blog series Part 1: Covid 19 – A Crucial Inspection by Nandini Sen and colleagues The effects of Covid-19 have…

How do we care about care homes, asks Niamh Woodier

Lloyd Rees, when discussing Australian modern art, argued that ‘the universal element in art, I feel, has often come from…

Community-led responses to COVID-19 are a matter of urgency in Syria, write Lisa Boden, Ann-Christin Wagner, Shaher Abdullateef and Anas Al Kaddour

People living in the Global North might argue that the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is the greatest existential threat to life…

Social science COVID-19 research at Edinburgh supported by Scottish Funding Council-Global Challenges Research Fund, writes Aphaluck Bhatiasevi

“It is our task to resist the biologicalisation of this disease and instead to insist on a social and political…

COVID-19 data must highlight intersectional marginalisation among BAME community, writes Ashlee Christoffersen 

The disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK (both within and outwith…

Experiences from past animal outbreaks help University of Edinburgh veterinarians adjust to COVID-19 working conditions, by Aphaluck Bhatiasevi

Experiences of infectious disease outbreaks, such as Foot–and–Mouth disease in 2001, have prepared Edinburgh’s leading veterinary hospital to develop working…

Post COVID-19 solidarity challenges the danger of returning to normal, writes Callum McGregor

Introduction I would like to offer a sober yet optimistic speculation on the renewal of community and civic solidarity in…

What is a compassionate economy post-COVID-19, ask John Gillies, Liz Grant and Katherine Trebeck

Perhaps Adam Smith knew all along Compassion and economy are words which you rarely, if ever, see in the same…

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