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26 April 2021

A year in the field: how has COVID-19 impacted social research on poverty?

As researchers, we have now been working in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic for 12 months. Through the Covid Realities project, we have provided a forum to think through how (and whether) to carry out research during the pandemic. This has involved thinking about the ethical, practical, methodological, and emotional challenges around this through our blog series, webinars, and resources page on our website.

In this webinar, we brought speakers together to reflect on the past year and how their research has responded to and been affected by the pandemic.

We heard from:

  • Helen Lomax (University of Huddersfield) discusses the process of working on the Corona Chronicles longitudinal research project with children aged 9-11, where children living in some of the most disadvantaged wards in the UK chronicled their everyday lives, education and relationships during the pandemic;
  • Kayleigh Garthwaite (University of Birmingham) who will outline the research synthesis that has been a central element of the Covid Realities research programme, working with 14 research projects across the UK as part of the 'COVID-19 and low-income families: Researching together' Special Interest Group.

Presentations will be kept short to allow time for discussion.

The webinar was chaired by Professor Kate Pickett, University of York, who is Co-Principal Investigator on the ‘Born in Bradford’ research project and a member of the 'COVID-19 and low-income families: Researching together' Special Interest Group.

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