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In this seminar we draw on our research into diagnostic testing during and after the West Africa Ebola outbreak, for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and for COVID-19, to sketch out possible directions for an anthropology of testing. Anthropological approaches to technology, medicine and society, we argue, prompt us to pose fundamental questions about who, and what, […]

Testing and Trust is a rapid qualitative study investigating public understandings, expectations and experiences of Covid-19 testing in Lothian, Scotland and how testing strategies influence public trust in health services and government response. The study is being led by the DiaDev project team at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, and […]

Testing capacity has taken centre stage of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the epidemic curve has peaked and dipped, so have the meanings and value of testing been dramatically expanded beyond medical and public health uses to include such purposes as restarting economies or regaining intimacy with loved ones. Effective testing strategies […]

How can Twitter data be used to “tease out” relational figurations of testing beyond the laboratory?     #Locations #Devices #Relations:‘Corona Testing on Twitter’ workshop report 22–23 June.   Written by Shona Lee, DiaDev Research Fellow.   Over 22–23 June, in collaboration with King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities and the Public Data Lab, the Centre for Interdisciplinary […]

  University of Edinburgh launches a blog publishing research on COVID-19 from across the arts, humanities and social sciences    

A nurse takes a swab at a Covid-19 drive-through testing station for NHS staff (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)   The social value of testing has been ignored by public health responses to the Covid-19 outbreak, writes Dr Alice Street   We now know that testing is essential to our ability to limit the scale and […]

Experts assess public mood on Covid-19 testing

  SPS study investigates public understandings, expectations and experience of Covid-19 testing in Scotland

  This site contains information and outputs for the project ‘Building trust in a global pandemic: public perceptions, expectations and experiences of COVID-19 testing in Lothian, Scotland‘. This research is funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office’s Rapid Research in Covid -19 programme (RARC-19 programme). The study is being conducted by members of the School of […]


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