Responding to the Covid-19 crisis

All areas of MiSoC research are relevant to and will be impacted by the repercussions of the current coronavirus pandemic. Here our researchers outline how their current and future work can provide valuable evidence for the policy response to the evolving situation.

The COVID-19 pandemic and Social Policy

This book, written by MiSoC researcher Amy Clair alongside Jasmine Fledderjohann and Bran Knowles of Lancaster University, explores the longstanding role of neoliberal ideology in policy making in Global Minority countries and documents the consequences of decades of erosion of social protection for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perceptions of health and economic insecurity and decision-making under uncertainty

Health and economic uncertainty will significantly increase during and following the pandemic. MiSoC work by Emilia Del Bono and colleagues on modelling decision-making under uncertainty and measuring subjective expectations from survey data will be vital in understanding how individuals and households will respond to the various shocks they face.

Ethnic and racial harassment of minorities

Health, social and economic inequalities will be exacerbated by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Renee Luthra and Alita Nandi’s work highlights how this raises the risk of racially aggravated responses towards certain racial and minority groups.

Housing, health and inequality

Housing is an important social determinant of health. The unprecedented restrictions on people leaving their homes highlight inequalities in housing and the repercussions for health. Amy Clair is investigating the impact of the lockdown on people’s housing experiences and consequent wellbeing.

Education: children, parents and schools

The closure of all schools and childcare settings for an indefinite period during the coronavirus crisis could mean a potential increase in the inequalities between home environments in terms of parental investment and resources to help children in the acquisition of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. MiSoC researchers including Director Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, Birgitta Rabe, Laura Fumagalli and Ayse Guveli are examining the long-term repercussions on children’s educational and mental health outcomes.

Domestic violence

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, there has been a dramatic surge in reports of domestic violence. MiSoC research by Sonia Bhalotra and colleagues show that cash flow problems and unexpected extended periods of time couples are having to spend together because of involuntary unemployment are contributing to this phenomenon.

Young people and the labour market

The drop in economic activity resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic will have a uniquely damaging effect on those entering, or about to enter, the labour market this year. MiSoC research conducted by Emilia Del Bono and Greta Morando highlights the risks of a new economic recession exacerbating inequalities between graduates from different SES backgrounds, while Angus Holford explores the long-run harm caused by the disappearance of extra-curricular opportunities and part-time work for teenagers still at school.

Watch MiSoC Director Emilia Del Bono explain how young people will bear the brunt of the economic costs of Covid-19 in a short video for the ESRC’s Economics Observatory.

Covid-19 research projects