COVID and stay in place research resources


Liam Ross: This list of Covid related development grants is being circulated by the UoE development research hub mailing list. May be relevant to this group, though more hard-science focussed.

Subject: aae : catalyst pedagogies and the pandemic displacement of architectural education
Catalyst Pedagogies and the Pandemic Displacement of Architectural Education

This special issue of Charrette, calls for scholarly contributions re-evaluating architectural education and pedagogies within a global scale, sharing critical responses and novel experiences of architectural education practice, drawing from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on higher education. These can arguably be considered as the foundation of a group of catalyst pedagogiesportraying the image of flexibility and adaptability in the changing landscape of architectural education.

Contributions can be made to one of the three categories of Charrette: Essay, Project or Freespace. Expressions of interest should be submitted by an Extended Abstract of 500 words to by Wednesday 3 June 2020. Selected contributions will be invited to submit full papers for the Charrette 7(1) issue to be published in Spring 2021, by 1st September 2020.

Harry Smith identified the following funding opportunities:

Publications by ESA staff and students: (Farjana Islam and Gina Netto, from The Urban Institute – TUI, HWU ) (Colin Jones, from The Urban Institute – TUI, HWU) (Michael Gormley and David Kelly, from the Institute of Sustainable Building Design – ISBD, HWU) (Michael Gormley, from the Institute of Sustainable Building Design – ISBD, HWU)

Publications about cities and COVID-19:

23 thoughts on “COVID and stay in place research resources

  1. admin_ekep Post author

    BRAINS vs VIRUS, the largest crowdsourced neuroscience study to date. We are overwhelmed to see how engaged our community has been. Your contribution to this research is invaluable in helping governments and health agencies improve the way they communicate about COVID-19 and better understand the effects of working from home.

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    Note from Aidan Mosselson

    We would like to invite you to an open webinar we are organizing from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) and the EU project UrbanA on June 5th at 14h30 (CEST – Barcelona time). The webinar will address Imagining Cities Post Covid with an emphasis on justice and sustainability.
    I hope it is of interest, here is the registration link<> and more details below (and in this page<>):

    COVID-19 pandemic: A critical turning point in how we imagine cities
    June 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm CEST
    Register here:

    What does COVID-19 tell us about justice and sustainability in cities? This session will include a short lecture followed by an online conversation on how the COVID-19 has exacerbated urban environmental and health inequalities and how it can be a unique chance to create more just and sustainable urban futures. COVID-19 is thus a turning point on how we can imagine and plan our cities to address the social and health crisis it has triggered.
    We will discuss the following questions, among others:

    * What are the main manifestations of health and environmental inequalities and related, emergent questions around urban justice in times of pandemic and social confinement? To what extent, and where. are such inequalities being addressed in bold, radical ways that can redefine urban futures?
    * How does COVID-19 redefine and force us to rethink urban infrastructure (housing, transit, and public space) need, use, and inequalities?
    * What lessons can we draw from a crisis such as COVID-19 to build more just and sustainable cities, especially in the context of a changing climate?

    This webinar is part of a broader multi-stakeholder initiative and engagement of UrbanA and BCNUEJ partners to build opportunities and address challenges towards more resilient and sustainable cities, where justice, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of planning, policy, and civic processes, rather than an after-thought or a peripheral consideration.


    All three speakers are members of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, a research lab part of ICTA and IMIM at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

    * Helen Cole, social epidemiologist, co-coordinator of the research line on urban environmental, health, and equity at BCNUEJ.
    * Isabelle Anguelovski, urban planner specialized in urban environmental justice, ICREA research professor and BCNUEJ Director.
    * Panagiota Kotsila, political ecologist specialized in health at ICTA-UAB, member of the Undisciplined Environments collective, and coordinator of the research line on urban political ecology at BCNUEJ.

    In the first part of the event, our main speakers will offer a professionally recorded visual and oral presentation (30’ in total) which will be followed by comments, discussions, and reflections by invited commentators and the attending audience (30’). A graphic storytelling artist will be sketching live and will be sharing the outcome at the end (10’).
    This webinar is part of the second UrbanA Arena event, a 2-day online event taking place during 4th-5th June, which brings together urban academics, researchers, practitioners, planners, and civil society groups working towards more inclusive and equitable sustainable cities. The Arena event is focused on identifying drivers and manifestations of urban injustice, and their interconnections, especially in the context of urban sustainability efforts.

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    Note from Kate Carter
    I am working with the social housing sector on a small project linked to Covid-19. We are exploring the potential increase in personal data used/required (?) to help manage/engage with housing/tenants/communities. This is continuing a string of projects with a few housing associations I have been working with over the last few years.
    Hope to turn this into a bigger project. The projects started with a focus on data and buildings (BIM, etc) but has morphed into a broader consideration of data, people, energy, fuel poverty….

  4. admin_ekep Post author

    Notes from Richard Coyne

    Architecture post-COVID

    What are the spatial implications of social isolation? Demonstrators arranged themselves on a social-distancing grid at the Athens May Day gathering, conjuring up a scenario of a gridded world, where citizens move about as if on a chessboard or an early version of SimCity. Architects gravitate towards extreme conditions as a way of unleashing new … Continue reading 

    COVID couture

    Why cover your nose and mouth with fabric during an epidemic? Apart from any practical advantages, and disadvantages, a face mask is a sign. Whether or not they are effective in blocking viruses, (non-surgical) face masks transmit messages. Before the current crisis I wrote a book on the founder of semiotics Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914). … Continue reading 

    Living with virions [and Ro]

    Smartphones can’t yet take your temperature and diagnose if you are carrying an infection. But developers are designing smartphone apps to trace if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. The most promising contact tracing apps enable smartphones to exchange short encrypted messages when they are within range of one another. That happens … Continue reading 


    The metropolis is about as good as a city can get. As “the mother city”, it combines the best of its predecessor types: the family-based village community (eopolis), and that mutually supporting defensive community known as the polis. The metropolis is that stage in the evolution of the city where labour skills divide. Specialist workers … Continue reading 

    The third great confinement

    As I’m considering this for part of a future publication, I thought I should write the following in the past tense. I wonder if it will stand the test of time. I wrote most of this during the third great confinement, the global shutdown during the pandemic of 2020. Cities had to marshal their resources … Continue reading 

    Pandi noir

    Pandemic and panic look a bit the same. A pandemic is a characteristic shared by everyone, in this case a disease or its threat. Panic pertains to Pan, the god of wild nature. To panic is to go wild. According to pan can be taken to mean “all” in both cases – i.e. all … Continue reading 

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    Grant Opportunities
    Regional Studies Association: Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry
    Deadline: 22 June 2020
    Budget: £4000
    Funding to support discrete pieces of regional studies and/or regional science research on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on regions cities and industry.

    UKRI: GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19
    Deadline: None
    Budget: Unspecified
    Support for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Low and Middle Income Countries.

    UKRI: ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme
    Deadlines: outline 7 July 2020; full 5 November 2020.
    Budget: £2M
    This programme will fund interdisciplinary academic-led teams, working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, to develop the research base in social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing, enhancing our understanding of the needs of the ageing population, informing innovators and influencing market behaviours. Funded projects may address, but are not limited to, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing.

    Funding resources:
    Research Professional search: Calls related to COVID-19
    Edinburgh Research Office SharePoint (for information on the support we offer, funder guidance and funding opportunities): COVID-19 and Research

  6. admin_ekep Post author

    Liam Ross says, “COVID likely thematic for structuring EFI UG teaching around in first years, so research themes here might also be teaching themes in that context.”

  7. admin_ekep Post author

    Penny Travlou says:
    I think that this event may be of interest to our group here.
    “Virtual Opening and Streaming Festival: Critical Zones”
    by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel
    Fri, 22.05.2020 6 pm – Sun, 24.05.2020 11.30 pm
    Online Free entry

  8. Richard Coyne

    Edinburgh Strategic Alliance Research Responses to COVID-19
    As part of the ongoing University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Strategic Alliance (ESA) in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, we are organising a joint workshop on 14th August to which you are cordially invited.

    This joint workshop aims to
    • Network and get to know one another further
    • Discuss new and imaginative research to address the COVID pandemic
    • Explore opportunities for joint projects
    • Identify possible research partnerships within and beyond ESA

    10.00 – 12.30 Friday 14 August 2020
    Platform: Zoom video conference call with breakouts. Please RSVP/Accept the calendar invitation and we will send you the link.

    Richard Coyne (ESALA)
    Harry Smith (TUI)
    Ryan Woolrych (Director of TUI)
    Jill McIntyre (ISPHERE)

    10.00 Welcome, introduction to the workshop and theme (Harry and Richard)
    10.15 Presentations on activities by participants
    6 presentations about research groups and interests: 5 minutes each (3 from each university)
    10.45 Breakout sessions based around themes
    • A Home: housing and homelessness
    • B Social inclusion: diversity, inequality, aging
    • C Place and space: urban form, infrastructures and open spaces
    • What are the major social and environmental challenges within this theme?
    • How has the pandemic impacted on how we frame these challenges?
    • What are the short term and long-term impacts of the pandemic on research in this area?
    • What COVID-related research initiatives are taking place that we know about in these areas?
    • Identify potential research projects we could take forward
    • Identify potential project partners and networks
    11.45 Coffee break
    12.00 Plenary session
    Identify next steps
    12.30 Lunch, networking, informal chat
    – End –

  9. Richard Coyne
    The universal right to breathe:
    “Already some people are talking about “post-Covid-19.” And why should they not? Even if, for most of us, especially those in parts of the world where health care systems have been devastated by years of organized neglect, the worst is yet to come. With no hospital beds, no respirators, no mass testing, no masks nor disinfectants nor arrangements for placing those who are infected in quarantine, unfortunately, many will not pass through the eye of the needle.”

  10. Richard Coyne
    (2 liked)Spaces of publicness and the world after the Coronavirus crisis. Being public is essential to social and political life. Political counterpublics, including the growing “climate public” and “mutual aid public,” will be part of any just post-Coronavirus future. A…< research conversations

  11. Richard Coyne

    I hope this message finds you well.

    My name is Nicolas Zehner. I am a third-year PhD candidate in the sociology department. On behalf of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences’ Dean of Research and supervised by Professor Suzanne Ewing, I am currently conducting a mapping exercise gathering cities-related research.

    In 2019, following an extensive mapping and consultation exercise, CAHSS adopted 9 broad interdisciplinary themes which capture our key research strengths and bring together the arts and humanities with the social sciences. The themes will enable us to communicate our research to external and internal audiences, foster new collaborations and partnerships across industry, policy and practice, and position ourselves to lead major new projects. More about each theme can be found through the link below:

    We have now begun to scope priority areas and initiatives within each theme, and we are getting in touch with you because we think you may have a valuable contribution to make to the theme of “Cities”.

    The “Cities” research theme brings together a range of disciplines to support the development of smart, sustainable and inclusive cities. Researchers combine architecture and design with a focus on well-being and inclusion, sustainability and energy use, and the deployment of urban analytics and modelling; and our research in this area addresses the city both locally in Edinburgh, and internationally, global south. We work closely with colleagues in Informatics, Engineering and Geosciences, and in collaboration with Glasgow University (through a joint PhD Fellowship scheme) and Heriot Watt University (through the Edinburgh Strategic Alliance).

    This email invites you to ‘save the date’, if you are available, to attend a workshop on Monday, 28 June between 10 am and 12.30 pm to find out more about the mapping exercise, to discuss opportunities, challenges presented by the theme and to shape future activity on Cities. If you are able to attend, do please let us know by responding to this email by Friday 25 June. Key sessions in the workshop will be recorded and made available online for those who are unable to attend. This workshop augments network building and cross-University activity on the Future Cities theme (
    We may also be in touch with you subsequently to discuss your own research in a little more depth.

    With best wishes,
    Nicolas Zehner
    PhD Candidate
    University of Edinburgh


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