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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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Young people’s experiences of life under lockdown

(29 April 2020)

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?

Our researchers have launched a new study looking at young people’s experiences of living under lockdown.

The findings will be shared with organisations working with young people so they can better plan for their needs going forward.

Young people’s experiences

The research team is asking young people and young adults, aged 14-30 from across the North East of England, to complete their anonymous survey.

They are keen to hear about young people’s experiences and get an insight into what life is like right now during this crisis.

Youth organisations have expressed concerns about the young people they work with and how some may be struggling to cope. This study aims to provide a better picture of the range of experiences of young people.

Impact of crisis

The Covid-19 crisis is having a significant impact on people’s mental health and livelihoods across the world.

Early figures suggest that young people are more likely to work fewer hours and be made unemployed. There have also been increasing reports of depression and mental health problems within this group.

This is why this study wants to hear from young people and get a better idea of the challenges they may be facing right now.

Find out more

  • Aged 14-30 and living in the North East of England? Please complete the survey
  • Follow the project on Twitter
  • The research is a joint project between Durham University and the University of Huddersfield
  • Interested in studying Sociology? Take a look at our undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities