We have run a number of UK wide, and regionally specific surveys to understand how people are living and caring for one another under lockdown conditions.
Our team of researchers have deep links to communities across the UK. We’re working to understand the impact of the pandemic on their networks.
Citizen Science and Policy Labs
As a research group, we are committed to expanding participation in research outside the bounds of academic circles by drawing upon the methods and tools adopted in the field of Citizen Science.
Together with a range of partners, we are working with local councils, community organisations, and general members of the public (especially young people who have been further disenfranchised by the pandemic) within different regions across the UK to gather and analyse data on networks of care; on political, economic, or environmental issues as they play out in particular areas, and on innovations or policy recommendations as they emerge from the bottom up.
This work involves engaging members of the public in mapping their networks and issues in their areas, in drawing up and distributing survey questions and carrying out ethnographic interviews in their communities, and in hosting policy labs in which different stakeholders come together to raise concerns and pose policy solutions to present to government.
We are committed to principles of data sovereignty. We follow the principles set out by the European Citizen Science Association, and the ethical guidelines set out by the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK & Commonwealth.
Reports and Publications
We work toward publications for a range of audiences from timely policy briefs for local and national government; to accessible public engagement pieces; to detailed academic reports and publications.