After the virus series one

Curated by the University’s Institute for Policy and Engagement, we hope to provoke debate about how we build a stronger society after the virus.

After the virus: building a more resilient and fairer society

Stephen Meek, Director of the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Policy and Engagement, introduces a series of blogs where our researchers reflect on the challenges, as well as opportunities, of a post-COVID-19 world.

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Ending slavery after COVID-19

Professor Zoe Trodd, Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham discusses the short and long term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the problem of modern slavery, which traps an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide.

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COVID-19: However good the science, you need good politics too

Stephen Meek, Director of the University of Nottingham's Institute for Policy and Engagement looks at how COVID-19 and the government's response highlights the complex relationship between science, policy and politicians.

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Streaming Shakespeare: the theatre industry in lockdown

Dr Peter Kirwan, Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama ponders what theatre will look like when the lights go back up.

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Viral democracy: COVID-19 and elections

Professor Todd Landman, Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences discusses how governments seeking legitimacy for a post-virus future must avoid delaying elections and ensure voters can safely take part.

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Living in a material world

Professor Pete Licence, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the University’s GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory, underlines the importance of sustainability in a world getting back on its feet.

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What is distancing doing to our social lives and wellbeing?

Dr Bahar Tuncgenc, a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology talks about an international study led by the University of Nottingham to inform government response to the pandemic and understand its societal impact.

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Education after COVID-19

Asking new questions about why and how we learn will help us face the biggest test of all.

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The economy after COVID-19

Almost overnight, the lockdown has changed the face of our economy and its legacy will be felt for decades.

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Furlough and the wellbeing of the workforce

7.5 million UK employees have been furloughed, raising important questions about the impact on workers and their relationships with work.

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Researching economic recovery after the virus

Policymakers must address the profoundly uneven impact of COVID-19 on communities, sectors and regions across the UK.

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The battle against children’s unsupervised screen time

Lockdown highlights the challenges of ensuring the rights of children are protected in the digital world.

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Trust: a challenge for our times

One of the questions you might have asked yourself in the last few months is: when is someone or something trustworthy, and how can I tell?

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The Three Amigos: Chaos, COVID-19, (research) Culture

Our response to the virus has given researchers the opportunity to reflect on what a renewed sense of community and shared purpose can achieve.

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COVID-19 and lessons for teaching and learning

Universities have already moved to online lectures. Now’s the chance to really shake-up how we deliver education.

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Child and adolescent mental health in a post-lockdown world: a ticking time bomb?

Policymakers are neglecting the pandemic’s psychological impact on young people.

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