COVID-19 and Lessons Learned for Social Research


Kanisha D. Bond, Milli Lake and Sarah E. Parkinson

Abstract: The authors reflect how social scholars can carry out ethically sound research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has deepened social cleavages and exacerbated vulnerabilities. The public health crisis has forced to transform the governance, institutions, and individual’s medical access and economic security in new ways. The authors draw four lessons learned for social research under the impending crisis and impact of the COVID pandemic. Social researchers must continue to contribute to our policy-relevance knowledge of the pandemic. It is not possible to slow down and fully leverage COVID without a deep understanding of the social and economic factors that structure transmission, vulnerability, and resilience.
Keywords: COVID, pandemic, crisis, vulnerability, knowledge, social research.