Dr Alison Hicks (Lecturer, LIS) and Professor Annemaree Lloyd (Chair) have recently been successful in their funding bid, entitled “Risk and resilience in radically redefined information environments; Information practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme will enable them to continue exploring how people use information, digital, and media literacy to (1) develop an understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) mitigate health and financial risk and, (3) develop resilience during precarity.
Phase one findings of this study indicate that the 2020 lockdown transition was marked by unfolding, intensifying and compartmentalising phases, where participants became desensitised to critical information. The second phase of this study will explore this desensitisation phase in detail with a focus on the impact of precarity on information seeking and use. The study will use online interviews to explore participants’ lived experiences as the pandemic extends into 2021 and the UK starts to rebuild post-pandemic social structures.
For more information, please see: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/risk-resilience-covid19/