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Research Focus: Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic is changing our world, and how we live, in ways that would have seemed incredible before 2020. Across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, our research colleagues have been turning their attention to how these changes are impacting society, and how we might take this opportunity to change our world for the better.

Below, we share a selection of research projects currently underway within our Faculty as a response to COVID-19.

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Recently-Funded COVID-19 Research Projects

Take a look at some of the research projects from Faculty colleagues that have been successful in securing funding to help tackle the Coronavirus and its impacts.

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Culture at Home

The University and our Faculty are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in lots of ways. Amongst them is this collection of apps, activities and teaching tools to help keep us entertained and learning during lockdown.

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Being Alone Together: Developing Fake News Immunity

Challenging fake news, Dr Elena Musi is fighting the “infodemic” by helping the media and public build ‘fake news immunity’, after securing more than £200,000 of UKRI funding.

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Lives on Hold: Our Stories Told

A collaborative research project exploring the legal and social impacts of COVID-19 on young unaccompanied asylum-seekers in England.

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Stay Home Stories

An AHRC-funded collaborative project seeking to understand the significance of the home and how it has mobilised, experienced and imagined during and after the lockdown.

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Resisting Dystopia: A Science Fiction Reading List

Science Fiction Collections librarian and University teacher Phoenix Alexander has curated a selection of science fiction texts that will help you survive - and thrive!" - in our dystopian present.

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Studying the Impact of COVID-19 Policy Decisions in Real-Time

Studying major policy changes, and their impacts, in real time is not something our academics get to do every day. But that's just what Professor Sally Sheard is able to do in this exciting project.

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Effectiveness of Government Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Professor Costas Milas of the Management School assesses the quantitative impact of government interventions on deaths related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19: Heseltine Institute Policy Briefs

How will the Liverpool City Region respond to COVID-19, one of the greatest public policy challenges faced in a generation? The Heseltine Institute For Public Policy, Practice and Place have put together a series of briefing notes on possible solutions.

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Academic Law and the Pandemic Response

Dr Amel Alghrani and colleagues have been applying their legal skills to projects helping with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Rights

A series of briefing notes from Members of the European Children’s Rights Unit.

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The Shadow Pandemic

Professor Sandra Walklate, Professor Barry Godfrey and Dr Jane Richardson investigate the challenges posed by the lockdown in responding to domestic abuse.

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The Impact of Restricted Access to Arts & Culture

Investigating how restricted access to arts and culture in the Liverpool City Region has impacted on public mental health and innovation in arts provision.

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COVID-19 and Racialised Risk Narratives in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa

How language used by governments, the media and others contributed to the racialisation of the risk narratives around COVID-19 in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

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Photogrammetry Remote Learning & Artefact Handling

Photogrammetry Team has rapidly deployed a range of virtual models to assist in disrupted modules and course work during the pandemic.

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Coronavirus: why China’s strategy to contain the virus worked

A prescient piece on The Conversation by Dr Fei Chen, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, on how China's strict quarantine policies proved to be effective in containing the pandemic.

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Female led countries' COVID-19 outcomes "systematically and significantly better"

Research from Developmental Economist, Professor Supriya Garikipati found that female national leaders suffered half as many COVID deaths on average as male leaders.

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Survey reveals “catastrophic” impact of COVID-19 on local music scene

Research by the Department of Music and Bido Lito! magazine has laid bare the devastating impact of lockdown and social distancing on Liverpool City Region’s music sector.

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Emerging from COVID-19 stronger: Perspectives from the Liverpool Doctoral Community

This series of podcasts draws from the insights of PhD researchers to identify solutions to, and opportunities arising from, this grave new challenge

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Implications of COVID-19 for modern slavery challenges in supply chain management

Exploring challenges faced by firms in addressing modern slavery in corporate supply chains during the pandemic.

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Supply Chain Resilience During COVID-19

This research explores how firms have managed with severe disruptions to the supply of materials caused by the pandemic.

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Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing

For older users and carers, particularly those caring for people with dementia. Take a stimulating trip down cinematic memory lane with Professor Lisa Shaw's Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing project on Facebook.

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Digital COVID-19 Visualisation and Impact

Research into design implications and applications that reduce the concentration of airborne droplets and aerosols, led by Monika Koeck (Director/Editor) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer) from CAVA.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health

Two projects from Dr Luca Bernardi, Lecturer in Politics, exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and political attitudes.

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‘Let’s Keep Talking’: Re-Imagining Mental Health Service Delivery Post Pandemic

An evaluation of a telephone-based mental health support service led by the Management School's Professor Philippa Hunter-Jones.

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The Abuse of Bounce Back Loans - Dr John Tribe invited as parliament witness

Dr John Tribe, Senior Lecturer in Law, discusses the abuse of the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the miss-use of limited liability companies with ‘phoenixism’.