Our bi-monthly DiPLab online seminar will welcome Dr Alessio D’Angelo (Univ. Nottingham) and Prof Louise Ryan (London Metropolitan Univ.) for a talk on the impact of Covid19 restrictions upon social networks of relationality and support. The seminar will be held online on the platform Big Blue Button. To receive the link, please register by sending an email with your full name and institutional affiliation at: contact@diplab.eu.

Lockdown networks – Researching the implications of Covid19 restrictions in the UK upon relationality and support

Abstract

There is a prevalent narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is a great leveller and ‘we are all in this together’. However, it would be simplistic to assume that the pandemic and its associated restrictions impact on everyone in the same way. There is mounting evidence of the salient influences of gender, class, age and ethnicity in how the pandemic is experienced across society and how it is acting as a multiplier of inequalities. While there has been much research on health outcomes, there is need for more analysis of the social impact of current restrictions. Therefore, during the summer of 2020, as lockdown was beginning to ease, we* launched a nationwide survey to investigate whether and to what extent personal relationships had changed during the lockdown, and how confinement had impacted upon domestic, work, leisure and social habits. Overall, our results show that the first national lockdown was experienced differently across our sample, with major implications for inter-personal relationships. Almost half of respondents reported reduced levels of contact with friends. Moreover, over 1/3 of respondents reported that a relationship had deteriorated often because of making too many demands or due to disagreements. Nonetheless, we also observed a pattern of increased relationality as people formed new connections especially with neighbours. Those working entirely from home, during the lockdown, were very likely to report stress and tiredness, while respondents with children at home were also more likely to report having less free time. In this presentation we will discuss our methods, ethical issues, analysis and key findings, as well as our follow-up survey which is currently live.

Professor Louise Ryan is Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre at London Metropolitan University. She has particular expertise on migration and social networks and has published numerous highly cited articles in journals including Sociology, Sociological Review and Social Networks. She has co-edited the book Migrant Capital (with D’Angelo and Erel, 2015) and recently guest co-edited special issues of the journals Global Networks and Social Networks. Louise is a pioneer in the field of qualitative social network analysis. Dr

Alessio D’Angelo is Associate Professor in Public and Social Policy and Director of the icPSP (international centre for Public and Social Policy) at the University of Nottingham. His research has looked at a range of sociological and social policy issues, most recently focusing on intra-EU and cross-Mediterranean migration. A convenor of the Social Network Analysis Study Group at the British Sociological Association (BSA), he has published widely on research methods. He is also editor of the journal Social Policy and Society and coordinator