Coronavirus: Policy and Practice

These pages bring together the work of School for Policy Studies academics researching, analysing and commenting on the global efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and to understand the immediate and longer-lasting impacts of the pandemic.


Published and ongoing research aimed at understanding the intersections of research, policy, practice, theory and user experience needed to effect social change. Areas on research include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on issues such as domestic violence, staying active in isolation and the use of face masks and social distancing.  

Policy and Civic Engagement

Our world-leading academics are making their expertise widely available to key stakeholders and society at large to help understand the crisis and promote social justice and inclusivity.

Analysis and Commentary

Fireside chats and in-depth opinion from School for Policy Studies staff on how COVID-19 is impacting on policy and practice on issues such as ethnicity and inequality, self-isolation and domestic violence and abuse, combatting loneliness in residential settings and lock-down lunches.


Members of the School for Social Policy on the Covid-19 Outbreak Expert Database - Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) in the Social effects and the Individuals' health and wellbeing categories.

In the News

Latest news from School for Policy Studies academics commenting on the impact of and responses to the global pandemic.

Featured Activity

Research synthesis editorial
COVID-19: ensuring equality of access to testing for ethnic minorities
Editorial published in the British Medical Journal, 29th May 2020

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