Webinar: Findings from the UK’s Largest Study on the Social Impacts of COVID-19

Tuesday 4 October 2022, 14:00 – 15:00 BST, online (UK)


The COVID-19 Social Study was the largest study in the UK to examine the psychological and social experiences during the pandemic, with over 70,000 adults participating. Based at University College London and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome Trust and UKRI, it was led by Dr Daisy Fancourt and Professor Andrew Steptoe in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health. It provides in-depth insight into the effects of the pandemic on people’s daily lives through 1.2 million surveys and more than 400 interviews.

During this webinar, Dr Fancourt will provide an overview of the main findings over two years, the impact of the study in helping the government respond to the pandemic, and its influence on people’s daily lives. Dr Fancourt will also offer recommendations for research, policy, and intervention priorities moving forward. A report summarising the study’s findings and impact will be released in advance of the webinar. In early 2023, the full dataset from the study will be made available to researchers.

You’ll have the opportunity to submit questions to Dr Fancourt, with time set aside for a discussion chaired by Professor James Banks.

About the research team

The Social Biobehavioural Research Group at UCL focuses on the role of social factors on health. This includes social deficits (e.g. loneliness, isolation and social restrictions) and social assets (e.g. social connections, cultural and community engagement, nature engagement, and social prescribing). You can learn more about the research team here.

About the speaker

Dr Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology at University College London where she leads the Social Biobehavioural Research Group. During the pandemic, Daisy launched the COVID-19 Social Study and the COVID-MINDS Network. Daisy is also the Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health, a member of the WHO TAG on mental health in COVID-19, an Expert Scientific Adviser to UK Government, a member of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, a BBC New Generation Thinker, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She is also the former director of the UKRI MARCH Mental Health Research Network.

About the Chair

Professor James Banks has been a Nuffield Foundation Trustee since 2013. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Deputy Research Director at the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Professor Banks has a PhD in Economics from University College London. His own research focuses on empirical modelling of individual economic behaviour over the life-cycle, with particular focus on consumption and spending patterns, saving and asset accumulation, pensions, retirement and housing dynamics. James is Co-Principal Investigator of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, and chair of the Understanding Society Scientific Advisory Committee.


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