Key resources and tools to enable Social Sciences and anthropological study design during the COVID-19 outbreak

Social Sciences studies are vital to understand how key social and cultural factors impact those affected by COVID-19 as well as the broader general public in order to improve current public health strategies design and implementation and to better prepare and control outbreaks in the future.

On 12th February 2020 Leading health experts from around the world met at the WHO’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease, identify gaps and work together to accelerate and fund priority research needed to help stop this outbreak and prepare for any future outbreaks. They set priorities for COVID-19 research which included ‘integration of social sciences into the outbreak response’.


Responding to COVID-19 - The Social Dynamics. Institute of Development Studies.

Are you considering conducting a social science study? If so, then please let us know what you have planned and if you need any support. Are you looking for groups to collaborate with? Do you want to let others know that you would like to collaborate with another group?

We want to support any team wanting to undertake a high-quality COVID-19 study in different settings, and especially in LMICs. We can help coordinate discussions and support your plans. We can also set up a forum for developing ideas and asking questions. Please get in touch and get involved!

Contribute to the Resources for Social Science Research during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly shifted how social science data is and can be collected and has raised serious questions around participation, ethics and safeguarding in social science research. The Global Health Social Science Knowledge Hub have begun to collate a list of resources to address these challenges, Resource List: Social Science Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You are also invited to add your resources and discuss issues around research during COVID-19 in the Global Health Social Science forum.

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What support is available?

SoNAR-Global (A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance) is a global consortium led by social scientists specializing in emerging infectious diseases (EID) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An open-access platform will be developed to support the SoNAR-Global activities and to share them broadly. That platform will support a global directory of social sciences experts, institutions, networks, and other relevant stakeholders and facilitate collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and regions through regional hub discussion groups and meetings. 

Navigate the areas of the COVID-19 Research Implementation Hub