Working to understand and address the social implications of COVID-19

Our response

We have awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Our partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic.

The latest on COVID-19

News  |  31 July 2020

Under half (45%) of people in England report having a ‘broad understanding’ of the current lockdown rules, compared to 90% across the UK during the strict lockdown period.

Researcher: Dr Daisy Fancourt  |  Organisation: University College London

Publication  |  28 July 2020

The proportion of Brits that say COVID-19 is the single most important issue facing the UK today has fallen from 72% at the end of April to 51% in mid-July.

Researcher: Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen  |  Organisation: Reuters Institute, University of Oxford

News  |  23 July 2020

The percentage of Brits who got news about the pandemic at least once a day per week has dropped from 79% in mid-April to 61% in late June.

Researcher: Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen  |  Organisation: Reuters Institute, University of Oxford

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COVID-19 projects

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Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

COVID-19 social study

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

COVID realities: families on low incomes during the pandemic

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Empty-street-with-cyclist-and-pedestrian-in-distance-Law-and-compliance-during-COVID-19-PROJ
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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Law and compliance during COVID-19

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Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder and our aim is to support the social science research community to deliver successful projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic are to support our staff, our grant-holders and the young people who participate in our student programmes, as well as to fund research that addresses the wider social significance of the pandemic.

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