UNU-WIDER joins research consortium to launch survey on COVID-19

UNU-WIDER has joined a group of international researchers to launch an international survey focusing on the social and economic consequences of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey, Life with Corona, is a citizen science project aiming to collect real-time data on the coronavirus and its social and economic consequences across the globe. It intends to capture the voices and feelings of affected citizens around the A picture of a generic virusworld, in order to build a global knowledge base on how people are dealing with the exceptional situation we currently find ourselves living in.

Some of the questions the survey aims to provide answers for include:

  • What implications will the coronavirus pandemic have on the daily lives of people around the world?
  • How will it affect the mental health, consumption and eating habits, social cohesion, as well as expectations towards politics and public administration?
  • How do people’s views of society and the state change in the face of the immense challenges posed by the pandemic and social restrictions associated with it?
  • How will these factors develop over time as new information about the virus emerges, exposure increases, and new measures are implemented by states?

The team behind the project comes from various international research institutions, including the International Security and Development Center (ISDC), Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ), the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and UNU-WIDER. The project is led by Professor Tilman Bruck from ISDC and Patricia Justino from UNU-WIDER.

The survey is currently available in 15 different languages, including English, German and Finnish, with more language versions being added soon. The survey will remain open at least until the end of 2020, with results made available to the public periodically. The dataset will be open access. More information about the project can be found here.