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Research as a way to understand and respond to Covid-19 and its impacts

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Bradford invested in 21 research projects that can deliver contributions to the understanding and response to COVID-19 and its impact in the city and the region. These projects considered the impact of the pandemic on healthcare workers, consumers, businesses and financial markets, as well as social distancing optimisation
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About this event

Join us for the quick-fire style presentation event to hear from a range of academics from the University of Bradford, who were successful in receiving funding for their multidisciplinary research projects designed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As attendees you will get a short insight into a wide range of projects and then have an opportunity to join the conversation in themed discussions and Q&A sessions. 

Confirmed Researchers presentations:

  • Dementia Social Care Project, Kathryn Lord, Senior Research Fellow
  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on asylum seeker and refugee health in Bradford District and West Yorkshire, Mel Cooper, Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health
  • An investigation into panic buying and spread of COVID-19, Elvira Ismagilova, Lecturer in Marketing 
  • A post COVID-19 recovery plan for small and micro businesses and entrepreneurs in Yorkshire, David Spicer, Senior Lecturer in HRM
  • Game theory-based Approach to Modelling Optimal Social Distancing, Hassan Ugail, Professor of Visual Computing
  • QualDash for COVID-19, Mai Elshehaly, Lecturer in Computer Science

The event will be hosted online. A link to join will be sent to registered participants a few days before the event.

Tackling Vulnerability

We are building on our values that support those most vulnerable across projects understanding the impact of the pandemic on Dementia patients and Carers in care homes; health of asylum seekers and refugees; migrant pregnant women; and on healthcare staff and their families in the Yorkshire region. This learning will help shape interventions and provide future learning and best practices.

Building Resilience

We are utilising our expertise in AI, Data Analytics and Visualisation in projects to improve diagnostics and prognostics in medical imaging; checking the reliability of published data sources; providing improved healthcare quality monitoring during the pandemic; developing new visualisation techniques to enable deeper understanding of risk factor combinations; and approaches to model optimal social distancing.



Our Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences are actively engaging across diverse research including Moral decision-making; Food waste generation during the pandemic; the educational impact on students of University closure and introduction of online teaching; managing panic buying behaviour;  the resilience of the UK SME manufacturing sector; feasibility of hyperlocal delivery business models, and a project to bring together a post-COVID-19 recovery plan for small and micro business and entrepreneurs in the Yorkshire region.