Experts discuss the impact of COVID-19 on racial and gender inequalities and gender.

Earlier this month in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the ESRC Research Centre for Micro-Social Change based in the University of Essex, we conducted four online seminars, giving eight world-class academics the chance to discuss COVID-19’s impact on racial and gender inequalities and focusing on the UK but as well as referencing international examples. Our experts addressed a range of issues including housing, mental health, to harassment and perceptions of social cohesion.

We discussed the academic’s research prior to the sessions with them to prepare for these discussions. We also explored ways to highlight key messages and possible policy implications. We also provided advice on how to structure their incredible research to ensure maximum engagement with an audience that isn’t familiar with it.

The Open Innovation Team (OIT) is proud of developing and strengthening networks between academia, policy, and practice, was happy to witness an incredibly high level of engagement from all sides. We also saw approximately 400 government officials attend these events.

It was wonderful to receive OIT’s guidance and feedback during the development of the presentation, which made me feel comfortable speaking more freely beyond my own research and more generally about the field in general. It was uplifting to see an audience of such a size and the range of questions was also excellent. I would love to host a similar event in the future.”

Professor Renee Luthra

It was interesting to read about the ways that academics collaborate. The Q&A section was excellent and it was helpful that sufficient time was given to this – it helped bring the focus to discuss what government [and the Civil Service can do in connection with research as a UK Government Official.

The program was carefully designed to reach out to all departments, and to include the most recent research into the impact of COVID’s effects across the entire population. The audience was highly engaged and pertinent in their questions. This was an extremely important platform to present our evidence in front of government – Emilia Del Bono, Director of MiSoc.

With special thanks to Ben Etheridge, Birgitta Rabe, Susan Harkness, Sonia Bhalotri, Angus Holford, Amy Clair, Renee Luthra and Magda Borkowska for the presentation of their research.

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