COVID-19 Perspectives

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

Author: Ritti Soncco

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…

Smita Srinivas: fractured economics and considerations for the COVID-19 vaccine market, by Ritti Soncco

The Innogen Institute is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Open University to produce research and support…

Kindness has thrived during the lockdown, write the Directors of the Global Compassion Initiative

The pandemic has prompted countless acts of caring — and compassion will show the way forward after it has passed….

Liberalism is fiction and privilege depends on disadvantage, writes Rebecca Hewer

If, like me, you find a measure of solace in comprehension, today’s global pandemic will likely represent a particular kind…

Edinburgh students share personal concerns, threats and possibilities in American Ethnologist

Jonathan Spencer: Introduction The following texts were written by students with whom I have worked this year in a course…

Animal care continues during COVID-19, writes Ranald Leask

While human medicine takes centre stage, vets, vet nurses and researchers dedicated to caring for our pets and livestock, continue…

Authorities turned a blind eye to Nepali migrant workers, writes Radha Adhikari

In recent months, people’s mobility has been synonymous with the transmission of Coronavirus, and the Covid-19 pandemic has had a…

Eastern Europe got the lockdown responses to COVID-19 right, writes Igor Rudan

Why did Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine respond much better than other…

Edinburgh symposium shows anthropology can help us understand the social dynamics of COVID-19, writes Ritti Soncco

On 27 April 2020, the Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA), a student-body subgroup of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology…

Children and young people aged 5-18 years should stay active. Here’s why, write Samantha Fawkner, Ailsa Niven, Steven Hanson, Chloë Williams & Coral L Hanson

Researchers from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) in Moray House School of Education and Sport have been…

The needs of public health and the economy need to be finely balanced during the pandemic, write Farah Huzair and Joyce Tait

Our work on previous emerging infectious diseases has built up a wealth of knowledge that we are bringing to bear…

COVID-19 reveals the politics of xenophobia in real-time, writes Janet E Perkins

Pseudonyms have been used for all people and places in order to protect the identity and anonymity of individuals “Khulna’s…

The return of the expert, by Christina Boswell

One of the striking aspects of the Covid-19 crisis in the UK has been the apparent rehabilitation of the expert….

InterSci interview with Dr Luciana Brondi on the public health significance of covid-19

On 26 March 2020, Dr Luciana Brondi was interviewed by the InterSci Edinburgh team on a Facebook livestream on the…

Medicine Anthropology Theory journal publishes virtual issue “Outbreak, Epidemics, and Infectious Diseases”

Medicine Anthropology Theory is an open-access journal in the anthropology of health, illness, and medicine. In January 2020, MAT moved…

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