Understanding the response to COVID-19 and enhancing preparedness for future pandemics

Hosted at LSE by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and funded by Horizon 2020: the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Periscope will develop guidance for policymakers to enhance Europe’s preparedness for future similar events.

Dr Elizabeth Storer, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

What is Periscope?

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.    

The project runs for 36 months from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2023 (Grant agreement: 101016233).

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. 

Objectives include:

  • to gather 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, and a dynamic source of information to disseminate to the general public;
  • to perform innovative statistical analysis on the collected data, with the help of various methods including machine learning tools;
  • to identify 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;
  • to develop guidance for policymakers to enhance Europe’s preparedness for future similar events and proposed reforms in the multi-level governance of health.

Visit the PERISCOPE website and explore the LSE PERISCOPE team and projects below. 

LSE Periscope participants

Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Department of Anthropology

Department of Economics

Department of Health Policy

Department of Management

Department of Social Policy

International Periscope partners

  • Universita Degli Studi Di Pavia (UNIPV), Pavia, Italy,
  • Centre For European Policy Studies (CEPS), Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Sociedade Portuguesa De Inovacao Consultadoria Empresarial Efomento Da Inovacao Sa (SPI), Porto, Portugal
  • Federation Europeenne Des Academiesde Medecine (FEAM), Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat frankfurt Am Main (GUF), Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Delft Netherlands
  • Politecnico Di Milano (POLIMI), Milano, Italy
  • London School Of Economics And Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Trento (UNITN), Trento, Italy,
  • Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain
  • Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Paris (APHP), Paris, France
  • Fondazione Irccs Policlinico San Matteo (IRCCS OSM), Pavia, Italy
  • Istituto Per L'interscambio Scientifico (I.S.I), Torino, Italy
  • Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Muenchen, Germany
  • European Regional And Local Health Authorities Asbl (EUREGHA), Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Federation Europeenne Des Hopitaux Et Des Soins De Sante (HOPE) Bruxelles, Belgium,
  • Agencia De Qualitat I Avaluacio Sanitaries De Catalunya (AQUAS), Barcelona, Spain
  • Preduzece Za Informacione Tehnologije I Elektronsko Trgovanje Belit Doo (BELIT), Beograd, Serbia
  • Modefinance Srl (MODEFINANCE SRL), Trieste, Italy
  • Genegis Gi Srl (GENEGIS), Milano, Italy
  • European Patients’ Forum (EPF), Brussels, Belgium
  • Ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Sante Publique (EHESP), Rennes, France
  • Mental Health Europe - Sante Mentale Europe (MHE-SME), Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Narodni Ustav Dusevniho Zdravi (NUDZ), ,Klecany Czech Republic
  • Agora Sa (AGORA), Warszawa, Poland
  • 2karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Handelshogskolan I Stockholm (SSE), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Universita Della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland
  • Universiteit Gent (UGENT), Gent, Belgium
  • Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale (INSERM), Paris, France
  • Institut Fuer Hoehere Studien - Institute For Advanced Studies (Ihs) Wien, Austria
  • Institutul De Virusologie Stefan S. Nicolau (IVN), Bucuresti, Romania

Periscope events

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa will host a series of events on COVID-19 impacts and findings from the research programme. See all past and future hosted events here:

  • Epidemics and Militarisation. Conference. ANU Assembly. November 2023. 
  • Epidemics and Militarisation. Conference. 19th IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress 2023. October 2023. 
  • Social sustainability - or die. One day conference. Karolinska Institutet. 20 September 2023
  • LSE Commission for Pandemic Policy and Inequalities conference. 5 and 6 June 2023.
  • Diaspora Communities and Covid-19. LSE Commission and online video. LSE. 5 June 2023. 
  • Recognising and Supporting Carers and Social Infrastructures. LSE Commission and online video. LSE. 5 June 2023. 
  • A Future fit for young people. LSE. 5 June 2023. 
  • Test, Trace and Isolate. LSE Commission and online video. LSE. 5 June 2023. 
  • Roundtable: Commemorating the Role of Science during the Pandemic, UK Commission on Covid Commemoration. UK Government  Commision. British Academy, London. 2 December 2022. 
  • Meeting of the European Members of the International Science Council. Stakeholder Meeting. Royal Society London. 13 October 2022. 
  • Migration, mobility justice and the right to health in a post-pandemic world: Lessons and future directions for research, policy, and advocacy. Policy Workshop. Chatham House. 13 July 2022.
  • Ethnographic Approaches to Vaccine Hesitancy. MOOC. LSE. June 2022. 
  • Constructing Reality': Critical Approaches to Misinformation, Joint event LSE and Business School, University of Surrey, ‘On the Limits of Misinformation: Reflections on the Covid-19 Response’. Closed Workshop. LSE/ University of Surrey. 16 May 2022. 
  • Presentation to UK Ambassador to Italy and Italian Government, ‘Ethnographies of Disengagement: The Covid-19 Response among Roma and migrant populations in Italy’. Presentation to UK Ambassador in Italy. UK Embassy in Rome (virtual). 9 May 2022. 
  • STRIVE Report Launch. Conference. British School in Rome, Italy. 14 April 2022. 
  • Vaccine Hesitancy: A Useful Concept. Virtual Webinar. LSE. 12 April 2022.
  • The role of “SHAPE*” in policy-making and policy-shaping: an international workshop, FCDO and British Academy. Workshop. 16 March 2022. 
  • The Puzzle of Covid in Emerging Europe. Workshop. Online - LSE and other stakeholders. 16 March 2022. 
  • The Role of Multi-Disciplinary Collaborations in Vaccine Policy-Making. Workshop. LSE. 13 March 2022. 
  • Translating ‘Trust’: Ethnographic Interpretations of Vaccine ‘Hesitancy'. Workshop. LSE. 12 February 2022. 
  • The Future of Fieldwork in a post-Pandemic World. 21 April 2021.

Research outputs


Periscope is a large-scale research project that involves a consortium of 32 European institutions to investigate the implications of COVID-19.


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