Housing and Infrastructure

The COVID crisis has created urgent needs for fast policy insights, such as rethinking urgent care for the homeless, the prevention of evictions and rent gouging and minimising the effects of reduced incomes on maintaining mortgage payments and home-ownership.   Image credit: Tim Dennell on Flickr | CC BY 2.0 / In the recovery phase,…

An empty primary school playground with murals on the walls and windows at the back, including a rainbow, the words ' A smile can travel 2m' and '26 March, 8pm. Open your windows and thank the NHS.'

Education, Children and Families

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on society. This impact is particularly stark for children, families and frontline workers, particularly those living and working in areas of significant disadvantage. As a response to the urgent needs of children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, public services and organisations have had to adapt rapidly; putting…

City economies

Image credit: Felibrilu on Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0 There is already a great deal of material available on how the public health crisis is shaping an economic crisis. What is already a deep business recession might elongate into a depression and broaden into financial crises for governments and the wider economy. The world of work…

Community Resilience and Addressing Disadvantage

Image credit: Felibrilu on Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0 The immediate public health crisis of COVID-19 and the policy responses put in place to combat its spread has altered the individual and collective lives of communities across the globe. As with most crises, however, the negative health, social and economic impacts disproportionately affect those already experiencing poverty…

A cartoon painted on a board leaning against a wall. It shows a person who is blue and shivering with the word 'virus' underneath them, and the words 'No harm to be safe' written in a box at above figure.

COVID-19: Urgently needed insights for public policy challenges

Image credit: Magnus Hagdorn on Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0 Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created two crises for individuals, families, communities, cities, regions and nations. Both threaten the short and long-term happiness and wellbeing of us all. Firstly, there is the public health crisis of containing and then eliminating the virus. Secondly, there are the economic and social crises caused by disrupted patterns of working,…