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Leading voices on COVID-19 from the University of Essex

Trusted academic commentary and analysis has never been as important as it is right now. As the world responds to COVID-19, it's vital we listen to those who's evidence exists to inform the big decisions.

The multi-disciplinary team of academics listed below are ready to talk to the media, and collaborate with other researchers and organisations in the fight against coronavirus.

If you would like to contact an individual researcher, click on the profiles listed below to view their academic staff profile and contact details. To see the full scope of of our Essex expertise on COVID-19, browse our research finder.

Impact on society

Professor Michaela Benzeval

Professor

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Expertise: Longitudinal research and Director of Understanding Society, a UK household panel study which is currently conducting a monthly COVID-19 survey

Professor Emilia Del Bono

Professor

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Expertise: Director of MiSoc, a multidisciplinary centre that studies the micro-social causes and consequences of macro social change

 Tim Fenton

Senior Lecturer

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex

Expertise: How the media industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Paul Fisher

Researcher

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Expertise: The economic and distributional impacts of COVID-19 including how the pandemic is impacting different groups; labour economics; the production and analysis of household survey data

Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores

Reader and Chief Scientific Adviser

Department of Government and Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS), University of Essex

Expertise: How data science and AI are helping councils during the crisis

Professor Peter Fussey

Professor

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Expertise: The use of digital technology in the management of the pandemic, including track and trace apps

Dr Matthew Grant

Reader

Department of History, University of Essex

Expertise: Parallels between wartime Britain and the impact of COVID-19

Dr Alix Green

Senior Lecturer

Department of History, University of Essex

Expertise: How history might record and remember COVID-19

 Daniel Jolles

Graduate Laboratory Assistant & Postgraduate Research Student

Department of Psychology, University of Essex

Expertise: Conspiracy theories and their impact

Dr Marie Juanchich

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology, University of Essex

Expertise: Conspiracy theories and their impact

Professor Natasha Lindstaedt

Deputy Dean (Education) (Social Sciences) and Professor

Department of Government, University of Essex

Expertise: How governments handle disease and disaster, impact of the virus on authoritarian regimes and democracies, and the situation in the U.S.

Professor Friederike Mengel

Professor

Department of Economics, University of Essex

Expertise: New research on a tailored combination of measures for coming out of lockdown

Dr Alita Nandi

Researcher

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Expertise: Ethnic minorities and COVID-19

Professor John Preston

Deputy Dean (Research) (Social Sciences) and Professor (R)

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Expertise: Pandemic preparedness, public information and COVID-19 and class inequalities  

Dr Birgitta Rabe

Researcher

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Expertise: Education, family and labour economics in relation to COVID-19

Dr Anna Sergi

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Expertise: The impact of COVID-19 on organised crime

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Our latest COVID-19 research

Find out about the very latest research on coronavirus from the University of Essex. From the use of artificial intelligence in detecting the virus to understanding the impact of the pandemic on families. Across the University researchers from all Departments are responding and contributing to a truly interdisciplinary and robust research response.

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