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COVID-19 Collaborations

Researching Poverty and Low-Income Family Life during the Pandemic

Edited by Kayleigh Garthwaite, Ruth Patrick, Maddy Power, Anna Tarrant and Rosalie Warnock

Published

May 31, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447364481

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 31, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447364498

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 31, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447364504

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
COVID-19 Collaborations

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The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, but for some, existing social inequalities were exacerbated – and this created a vital need for research.

Researchers found themselves operating in a new and difficult context; they needed to act quickly and think collectively to embark on new research despite the constraints of the pandemic. This book presents the collaborative process of 14 research projects working together during COVID-19. It documents their findings and explains how researchers in the voluntary sector and academia responded methodologically, practically and ethically to researching poverty and everyday life for families on low incomes during the pandemic.

This book synthesises the challenges of researching during COVID-19 to improve future policy and practice.

Also see ‘A Year Like No Other: Family Life on a Low Income in COVID-19’ to find out more about the lived experiences of low income families during the pandemic.

Kayleigh Garthwaite is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham.

Ruth Patrick is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York.

Maddy Power is Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.

Anna Tarrant is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Lincoln and is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow.

Rosalie Warnock is Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.

Introduction

Kayleigh Garthwaite, Rosalie Warnock, Ruth Patrick, Maddy Power, and Anna Tarrant

Social Security in the Spotlight

1 Bringing Up a Family and Making Ends Meet: Before and During the Coronavirus Crisis

Ruth Webber and Katherine Hill

2 Welfare at a (Social) Distance: Accessing Social Security and Employment Support During the COVID-19 and Its Aftermath

David Robertshaw, Kate Summers, Lisa Scullion, Daniel Edmiston, Ben Baumberg Geiger, Andrea Gibbons, Jo Ingold, Robert De Vries, and David Young

3 Families Navigating Universal Credit in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rita Griffiths, Marsha Wood, Fran Bennett, and Jane Millar

4 Complex Lives: Exploring Experiences of Universal Credit Claimants in Salford During COVID-19

Lisa Scullion, Andrea Gibbons, Joe Pardoe, Catherine Connors, and Dave Beck

Intersecting Insecurities in Action

5 the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Families Living in the Ethnically Diverse and Deprived City of Bradford: Findings From the Longitudinal Born in Bradford COVID-19 Research Programme

Josie Dickerson, Bridget Lockyer, Claire McIvor, Daniel D. Bingham, Kirsty L. Crossley, Charlotte Endacott, Rachael H. Moss, Helen Smith, Kate E. Pickett, Rosie R. C. McEachan, on Behalf of the Bradford Institute for Health Research Scientific Adv

6 a Tale of Two Cities in London’s East End: Impacts of COVID-19 on Low and High-Income Families With Young Children and Pregnant Women

Claire Cameron, Hanan Hauari, Michelle Heys, Katie Hollingworth, Margaret O’Brien, Sarah O’Toole, and Lydia Whitaker

7 Size Matters: Experiences of Larger Families on a Low Income During COVID-19

Mary Reader and Kate Andersen

8 Caring Without Sharing: How Single Parents Worked and Cared During the Pandemic

Elizabeth Clery and Laura Dewar