Specialists tackle the affect of COVID-19 on gender and racial inequalities

Earlier this month, in partnership with the Institute of Social and Financial Analysis and the ESRC Analysis Centre for Micro-Social Change primarily based within the College of Essex, we held 4 on-line seminars, giving eight world-leading teachers the chance to discuss the affect of COVID-19 on gender and racial inequalities, specializing in the UK but in addition referencing worldwide examples. Our consultants addressed a spread of subjects, from housing to psychological well being, to harassment and notion of social cohesion.

To arrange for these classes, and make the analysis as relevant as attainable to a authorities viewers, we mentioned the educational’s analysis with them beforehand and explored one of the simplest ways to focus on key messages and potential coverage implications. We additionally suggested on methods to construction their improbable analysis to maximise engagement with an unfamiliar viewers.

The Open Innovation Staff (OIT) prides itself on creating and strengthening networks between academia and coverage, so we have been very comfortable to see a excessive stage of engagement on all sides and noticed round a complete of 400 authorities officers attend these particular occasions.

It was improbable to have OIT’s steerage and suggestions when creating the discuss, which actually helped me really feel assured talking extra freely outdoors my very own speedy analysis and extra broadly in regards to the discipline generally. It was heartening to see such a big viewers and the extent of questions was glorious too. I might be delighted to do one thing like this once more sooner or later.”


Professor Renee Luthra

The information about collaborating with teachers sounded attention-grabbing. The Q&A piece was good and [it was] helpful that sufficient time was given to that – this helped carry the main target to debate what authorities [and] the Civil Service can do in relation to the analysis – UK Authorities Official.

The collection was fastidiously curated to attraction throughout departments and to cowl as a lot as attainable of our latest analysis on the inequalities of the affect of COVID throughout the inhabitants. The questions from the viewers have been exceptionally engaged and pertinent. This has been a extremely vital channel for us to place proof in entrance of presidency – Emilia Del Bono, Director of MiSoc.

With particular due to Ben Etheridge, Birgitta Rabe, Susan Harkness, Sonia Bhalotri, Angus Holford, Amy Clair, Renee Luthra and Magda Borkowska for presenting their analysis.

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