New mobile-based survey to study the impact of the pandemic and improve responses to future crises


New mobile-based survey launched to study the impact of the pandemic and improve responses to future crises

The EU-funded project RESISTIRÉ, involving academics from Oxford Brookes University, has released a mobile app-based survey of the same name to study people’s attitudes and experiences relating to the pandemic.

Users will have the opportunity to answer questions on various topics such as employment, pay and care responsibilities and will be able to see how their experiences compare to others’ through dynamic visualisations.

Dr Charoula Tzanakou, Co-Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University, who is leading the UK RESISTIRÉ research team said: “The RESISTIRÉ project has already highlighted how Covid-19 has contributed to exacerbating intersecting inequalities relating to financial uncertainty, care, education, gender-based violence and physical and mental health.

“Now we want to gain a deeper understanding of how the pandemic has impacted people. Responses to our survey will help us measure the impact of government Covid-19 policies, and help us to find sustainable solutions to the problems people are encountering.

“We are encouraging everyone to download the RESISTIRÉ app, take part in the survey and share it with friends and family. Every voice is important and responses to our survey will help us to understand how governments and policy makers can improve their responses to future crises.”

Additional question topics are due to be released in the coming months.

The survey has been developed jointly by researchers from the Institute for Ethical AI and the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University, who are part of the RESISTIRÉ project team.

The overall aim of the RESISTIRÉ project is to help measure and monitor the economic, social and environmental impacts of Covid-19 policies introduced by governments in Europe. The project’s researchers will analyse the data to examine how Covid-19 and its policy and societal responses have potentially exposed groups in Europe to socio-economic risk factors related to identity features (including, race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other identity markers).

The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of challenges and inequalities to find better ways to address future crises, including through the development of policy.

The app is free to download on iOS and Android devices and also available in web browser.

The survey has been translated into 14 languages and any adult residing in the EU, UK, Turkey, Serbia, and Iceland can participate.