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VIRTUAL EVENT: The value of collaboration between researchers of poverty and low income during COVID

23 March 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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This webinar will present some key themes from collaborative work, and reflect on potential policy recommendations and suggestions for change.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Victoria Redclift

To receive detailed joining instructions, please email Jenny Woodman at j.woodman@ucl.ac.uk atleast two days before the event.

For more information about the event, please contact the organiser Victoria Redclift.

COVID-19 has changed the way researchers work, not only in terms of fieldwork, but also in terms of collaboration.

Underpinning the Covid Realities research programme is a commitment to ensuring that researchers adopt a sensitive and ethical approach to research with low-income communities during the pandemic.

The 'COVID-19 and low-income families: Researching together' Special Interest Group (SIG) is a unique collaboration that has presented an opportunity to re-tool existing funded research for these new times, and to ensure that the challenges of conducting research in a context of social distancing are collectively overcome.  

This seminar will highlight several key themes emerging from the 'COVID-19 and low-income families: Researching together' SIG's work: 

  • the (in)adequacy and complexity of the social security system
  • social isolation and mental health impacts, including gendered impact of care 
  • changing relationships – with family; friends; support services.

Working across 14 different research projects, including academics and researchers from the voluntary sector, these projects are taking a range of methodological approaches.

Speakers will explore the unique insights into our understanding of the experiences of families on a low income during COVID-19 by taking this mixed method, interdisciplinary approach. 


  • Kayleigh Garthwaite, Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham
  • Fiona McHardy, Research and Information Manager at The Poverty Alliance
  • Anna Tarrant, Associate Professor in Sociology and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Lincoln.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


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