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Research project

Learning to Live with Risk & Responsibility: Understanding Popular Responses to COVID-19

Project overview

'Learning to Live with Risk and Responsibility: Understanding Popular Responses to COVID-19' is a research project led by Nick Clarke in collaboration with Clive Barnett. The project is funded by the the British Academy Special Research Grants: Covid-19 Scheme (Grant No. COV19\200422), and will run from 2020 to 2023.

The project investigates how people in the UK have negotiated the myriad demands made upon them during the COVID-19 pandemic to act responsibly in novel ways because of the risks their behaviour poses to themselves and others, and due to their role in complex chains of causation. Making use of contemporaneous qualitative data available through the Mass Observation Archive, we seek to develop a better understanding of how people interpreted conflicting demands to act responsibly in relation to COVID-19 and translated them into practices of everyday life.


Lead researcher

Dr Nick Clarke

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Political geography
  • Urban geography
  • Governance and citizenship

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