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.
How Covid-19 is affecting the global clothing industry
The Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying challenges to worker protection in the garment sector and the effects on workers have become a global concern.
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.
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.
Why the term “Super-spreader” can be stigmatising and unhelpful
Emma Cave from Durham Law School considers the impact of the label ‘super-spreader’.
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.
The future of women’s football is under threat
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
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.
How emotional memories of Coronavirus will affect our future
Elena Miltiadis from Anthropology considers the way our emotional memory of this pandemic will affect our future behaviour
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