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A database for tracking social science research on COVID-19

J. Nathan Matias of Cornell University and Alex Leavitt of Facebook Research have recently launched a social science research tracker for new projects focusing on COVID-19.

The international list, which now includes more than 250 entries, tracks new research relating to COVID-19. It includes not just published findings but also pre-prints, ongoing projects, and proposals. Topics include misinformation, risk perception, policy attitudes, and labor impacts of the pandemic.

Add your project via the tracker landing page on GitHub

In an article posted on April 3rd on the SAGE Ocean blog, SAGE Publishing Communications Manager Chris Burnage introduced the tracker, and highlighted one particular survey of more than 3,400 Italian adults by computational social scientists from Harvard University. They notably found that the elderly tend to be more anxious than young people about the pandemic, because they are most likely to need to leave confinement for essential reasons like going to the pharmacy. The researchers also found that, “informational nudges won’t work”; in other words, people need morale-boosting interventions, and not necessarily more information, to make quarantines less damaging to mental health.

Burnage also wrote that social science research on the management of social, political, economic and cultural upheaval caused by the coronavirus will be increasingly important the longer the pandemic lasts. He added that the SAGE publishing group has also built a free-access microsite featuring the latest social and behavioral science insights into working, living and teaching during a pandemic.

Further reading:

Social science research tracker, learning from past pandemics and the importance of effective risk communication” (April 3rd, 2020) by Chris Burnage on SAGE Ocean

COVID-19 Social Science Research Tracker on GitHub

J. Nathan Matias on Twitter
Alex Leavitt on Twitter