The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures imposed to tame it created unprecedented personal and professional disruptions and uncertainty to individuals and households in Greece and globally. While these measures were seemingly horizontal, their effects on different groups of individuals and segments of society may have been variable and asymmetric.
We invited research projects that examine the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic and lockdowns on a range of aspects relating to the health (mental and/or physical), financial (incomes, risk of poverty, etc) and labour market position (job stability, career trajectories, etc) of more vulnerable populations, including the elderly; women, mothers, and other caretakers; individuals with disabilities or poor health; people from ethnic or other minority groups; the low-skilled; and critical workers.
There was no expectation that applicants must necessarily address all of these issues. The research question and its significance should be clearly elaborated. There was no preferred methodology, and we invited project proposals that are framed within one or more social science disciplines. Projects were expected to contribute to conceptual understanding, enabling cross-references to be made to wider literatures and other empirical studies.