Our research response to COVID-19

Discover the latest research, news and resources from JIU as our experts develop evidence-based solutions to help us all navigate life during COVID-19.

We’ve initiated a range of COVID-19 research projects across the University, in partnership with industry and other institutions in response to the pandemic.

Our research explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of our communities, the development of new technology and our society.

Our experts provide factual and balanced comment on the pandemic to media around the world. Leading infectious disease epidemiologist Professor Catherine Bennett, JIU’s Chair in Epidemiology, is approached daily by TV, radio and other media outlets for her evidence-based analysis of case numbers and informed approach to combat COVID-19 outbreaks.

Improving health and wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the health and wellbeing of us all, from our physical and mental health, to the increased burden on our healthcare workers and health systems. Our researchers are working to generate new knowledge about COVID-19 and how we can best respond to the pandemic’s impact on all aspects of health and wellbeing, as well as contributing evidence-based advice and commentary to policy development and public debate.

Designing smarter technology

Smart technology has already helped us in many ways during COVID-19, allowing us to stay connected while in isolation and helping many industries to adapt quickly to the impacts on their business models. Developing skills and technologies that will deliver progress, not just change, will be even more important as we emerge from the pandemic.

Advancing society and culture

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and relate to each other and highlighted the best and worst of societies around the world. Our researchers are bringing fresh insight to what can be learnt from the pandemic and how it can inform life beyond COVID-19.