Voices in a pandemic: Children's lockdown experiences applied to recovery
A UWE Bristol team has been awarded UKRI funding to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the learning, development, health and wellbeing of vulnerable, socially disadvantaged children in England.
Professor Lindsey McEwen, Director of the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE Bristol), is leading an interdisciplinary team to understand how children whose families live with multiple uncertainties, stresses and vulnerabilities are more susceptible to COVID-19 impacts as the result of deep societal inequalities.
With funding of £294,402, the team will gather and critically evaluate children’s worldviews, perceptions and experiences during the COVID-19 response phases, draw learning from this to support them through recovery phases, and build anticipatory resilient capital from their experiences in preparation for future social shocks, including pandemics. Working with multicultural schools and nurseries in Bristol and national partner, Action for Children, the project will employ child-focused, creative methodologies that interweave socially engaged arts practice with social science to capture children’s voices and views.
Outputs will include an evidence-base to inform policy and practice around adaptation to future social and ecological shocks, along with a unique archive of children’s voices to inform recovery strategies, a primary school book to support children and professionals, and research-informed policy guidance.
The project team includes:
- Associate Professor Toity Deave (Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences)
- Dr Sara Williams (Faculty of Environment and Technology)
- Dr Deepak Gopinath (Faculty of Environment and Technology)
- Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers (Faculty of Environment and Technology)
- Dr Laura Hobbs (Science Communication Unit)
- Dr Verity Jones (Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education)
- Dr Amanda Webber (Faculty of Environment and Technology)
co-working with socially engaged artist, Luci Gorell Barnes.