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VIRTUAL EVENT: Social Research Institute showcase: Quantitative Social Science (QSS) COVID projects

06 October 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Care worker wearing mask. Image: Luke Jones via Unsplash

This webinar is jointly organised by the Social Research Institute and Quantitative Social Science (QSS) and will include two presentations of QSS team members’ COVID-19 research.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Jenny Chanfreau

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, COVID-19, hate crime, racism, US presidential election, and mental health.

This webinar is joinly organised by the QSS seminar series and the Social Research Institute departmental seminar series.


Did COVID-19 lead to an increase in hate crimes towards Chinese people in London? - Kirstine Hansen

Using data from the Metropolitan Police Kirstine Hansen will examine whether COVID-19, which is widely believed to have originated in China, negatively affected the environment for Chinese people in London, leading to an increase in hate crimes towards this group relative to others.

Biden, COVID-19 and mental health in America - Alex Bryson

Using US Census Household Pulse Survey data for the period April 2020 to June 2021, Alex Bryson tracks the evolution of the mental health of nearly 2.3 million Americans during the COVID pandemic. This presentation will explore the research in more detail.

Seminar series 

Social Research Institute departmental seminar series

This departmental seminar series brings together projects from across research centres, highlighting research tackling key social challenges and events.

QSS seminar series

In this weekly Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series, speakers present research that falls under the broad umbrella of quantitative social science.


Image: Luke Jones via Unsplash

About the Speakers

Dr Kirstine Hansen

Associate Professor at QSS, Social Research Institute

Kirstine's research interests are related to education and skills acquisition and attainment across the life-course.

She has published extensively using birth cohort data to examine the determinants of cognitive development and academic achievement, trying to unpick to the mechanisms of inequality of opportunity and outcomes.

Kirstine's current research, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police, examines the impact of COVID-19 on crime in London.

More about Dr Kirstine Hansen

Professor Alex Bryson

Professor of Quantitative Social Science at QSS, Social Research Institute

Alex is also a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) in Bonn, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London, WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data) in Cardiff and Rutgers in New Jersey. He is an applied labour economist with a background in sociology.

His research focuses on labour economics, employment relations and programme evaluation. He also works on sports economics, workers' well-being, management practices, the gender wage gap, and racial discrimination in the labour market.

More about Professor Alex Bryson

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