Research notes

Browse some of the latest studies on the social impacts of (and responses to) COVID-19

The International Public Policy Observatory holds weekly ‘newsroom’ meetings at which all of our UK and global partner organisations can highlight notable new research relating to the social impacts of, and policy responses to, COVID-19. A selection of these ‘research notes’ can be browsed below.

And if you are an academic working on COVID-related social sciences research that spans any of our broad topic areas (education, mental health, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, vulnerable communities, housing, care and online life), we’re equally keen to hear about your work. Simply fill in this form and we will be in touch soon.

Changes in political trust in Britain during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020: integrated public opinion evidence and implications

Davies et al, Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (December 2021) In this paper, we document changes in political trust in ...
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COVID-19 prevalence amongst people experiencing homelessness in Wales, UK, now lower than in general population

A population level study of SARS-CoV-2 prevalence amongst people experiencing homelessness in Wales, UK Ian Thomas and Peter Mackie, Cardiff ...
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Children’s perspectives and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and UK public health measures

Jill Thompson, Grace Spencer and Penny Curtis have explored children’s perspectives on the pandemic (Health Expectations, Dec. 2021) Background The ...
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The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2021

Skills For Care’s Workforce Intelligence Team (the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England) This ...
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Does ‘AI’ stand for augmenting inequality in the era of COVID-19 healthcare?

Leslie, Mazumder et al, BMJ (16.03.21) ‘Artificial intelligence can help tackle the covid-19 pandemic, but bias and discrimination in its ...
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Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021

Office for National Statistics (05.05.21) An analysis of the proportion of the British adult population experiencing some form of depression ...
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After shocks: Financial resilience before and during the COVID-19 crisis

Resolution Foundation (21.04.21) This report provides some of the first evidence on how the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on ...
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Big changes ahead for adult education funding? Definitely maybe

Institute for Fiscal Studies (April 2021) The UK is widely recognised to have a significant problem with adult skills. A ...
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Distance learning: A research briefing by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

Abbi Hobbs and Faye Bolan (20.04.21) Distance learning is a way of studying without the learner being physically present in ...
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Disabled people in Britain and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Tom Shakespeare et al (26.01.21) This paper reports on in-depth qualitative interviews conducted with 69 disabled people in England and ...
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