PERISCOPE is a large-scale research project involving a consortium of 32 European institutions to investigate the social, economic, behavioural and mental health-related aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
LSE is a leading partner in delivering PERISCOPE objectives. Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, the wider PERISCOPE team includes LSE faculty members across the Department of Economics, Department of Anthropology, Department of Health Policy, Department of Social Policy and the LSE Behavioural Lab.
- Gathering data on the broad impacts of COVID-19 to develop a comprehensive, user-friendly, openly accessible COVID Atlas, which should become a reference tool for researchers and policymakers;
- Performing innovative statistical analysis on the collected data, with the help of various methods including machine learning tools;
- Identifying successful practices and approaches adopted at the local level, which could be scaled up at the pan-European level for a better containment of the pandemic and its related socio-economic impacts;
- Developing guidance for policymakers to enhance Europe’s preparedness for future similar events and proposed reforms in the multi-level governance of health.
Learn about PERISCOPE.
Centre for Public Authority and International Development
In countries suffering from conflict and hunger, the COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelmingly afflicting those who are already amongst the most vulnerable. However, the challenges faced in the FLIA’s core research countries are not limited to COVID-19, and people continue to face many other challenges our work aims to address, which interact with the current health crisis.
The FLIA’s research in the Centre for Public Authority and International Development is retaining its focus on humanitarian and development challenges, and responding to the effects of COVID-19 as it impacts pre-existing concerns. We are also applying for COVID-19 specific funding to complement this work.
- South Sudan: Our work in South Sudan includes ethnographic research into how people survive periods of hunger; divine authorities and their relationship to violent conflict; and evolving ideas of public authority among the majokwut (cattle camp leaders). These authorities and their opinions will be key to local understandings of COVID-19. A new project, Safety of Strangers, also explores the impact of local protection mechanisms in South Sudan and how violence now interacts with the dangers from a pandemic.
- Uganda: FLIA researchers are documenting the political and security situation in Gulu, northern Uganda. Findings will be released.
- Poverty and development: The latest edition of the book volume Poverty and Development by FLIA Director Professor Tim Allen (Oxford University Press, 2020) has been revised to include new information on the COVID-19 outbreak throughout.