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Our research response to the Covid-19 pandemic


We conduct boundary-breaking research that improves lives across the world. Here’s how we’re applying that research to help people combat the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and help chart the route to recovery.


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How Covid-19 is affecting the global clothing industry

Smiling female worker in a clothing factory

The Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying challenges to worker protection in the garment sector and the effects on workers have become a global concern.

(16 Oct 2020) » More about how Covid-19 is affecting the global clothing industry


Covid-19 testing needed in schools

Daily Covid-19 testing in schools would keep children in full-time education safe, stop mass spread, and keep the economy afloat, according to Professor Abderrahim Taamouti.

(7 Oct 2020) » More about Covid-19 testing needed in schools


Rationing might be recommended for future pandemics

New research at the Business School has found that rationing could be an effective measure for governments to introduce in future pandemics. This is alongside a number of recommendations revealed by a pioneering forecasting model.

(1 Sep 2020) » More about Rationing might be recommended for future pandemics


Responding to the Covid-19 domestic abuse crisis

Our researchers are leading a national project to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse and help reduce harm.

(11 Aug 2020) » More about Responding to the Covid-19 domestic abuse crisis


Volunteers needed for Covid-19 detection dog trial

Our researchers who are investigating whether specially trained dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in humans are asking people in England for help with the trial.

(6 Aug 2020) » More about Volunteers needed for Covid-19 detection dog trial


Why the term “Super-spreader” can be stigmatising and unhelpful

Emma Cave from Durham Law School considers the impact of the label ‘super-spreader’.

(7 Jul 2020) » More about why the term “Super-spreader” can be stigmatising and unhelpful


Teachers worried about safety in schools

The majority of teachers do not think that schools can effectively put in place social distancing measures, according to a survey.

(17 Jun 2020) » More about Teachers worried about safety in schools


What archaeological records can tell us about historic epidemics

Infectious diseases have been with us since our beginnings as a species. Professor Charlotte Roberts explains what the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them.

(17 Jun 2020) » More about what archaeological records can tell us about historic epidemics


The future of women’s football is under threat

two women footballers chasing a football

New research by Dr Stacey Pope has found that Covid-19 is impacting men’s and women’s football differently. She and her fellow researchers believe urgent action is required to stop the coronavirus epidemic from destroying the women’s game, as they explain here.

(16 Jun 2020) » More about the future of women’s football is under threat


Consumers post-Covid-19

Aarron Toal, from our Business School, explores what the future may hold for consumers after Covid-19.

(22 May 2020) » More about consumers post-Covid-19


UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial

The UK Government has awarded a specialist team of researchers more than £500,000 to find out if specially-trained bio-detection dogs could be used as a new rapid testing measure for Covid-19.

(16 May 2020) » More about UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial


Grief in the time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.

(14 May 2020) » More about grief in the time of Covid-19


How will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?

Professor Richard Harris from our Business School uses the 2008-09 recession as a benchmark for assessing the possible impact of Covid-19 on productivity in the UK.

(12 May 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?


Should we wear face masks?

Claire Horwell in our Department of Earth Sciences and Fiona McDonald in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, consider the mixed messages behind face mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

(5 May 2020) » More about should we wear face masks?


29% of Scottish businesses at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19

Almost a third of businesses in Scotland are at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19 impacting on their supply chain.

(4 May 2020) » More about 29% of Scottish businesses at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19


How emotional memories of Coronavirus will affect our future

Graffiti image of mask with the words covid 19

 Elena Miltiadis from Anthropology considers the way our emotional memory of this pandemic will affect our future behaviour

(1 May 2020) » More about how emotional memories of Coronavirus wiill affect our future


Young people’s experiences of life under lockdown

What is life like for young people during the current crisis? How do they feel and what impact is the Coronavirus pandemic having on their education, job, housing, finance and relationships?

(29 Apr 2020) » More about young people’s experiences of life under lockdown


Helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices

Professor Jon Gluyas from our Durham Energy Institute explains why this is bad news for the coronavirus effort.

(28 Apr 2020) » More about helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices