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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.
“This timely collection is not only an insightful reflection on the impact of the pandemic, but also a toolkit for moving forward through the next crisis.” LSE Review of Books
“COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities across society. This powerful book charts the lived experiences of people on the COVID-19 frontline, and highlights how researchers have innovatively adapted to tracking, challenging, and solving the unequal pandemic.” Clare Bambra, Newcastle University
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.
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