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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Class, Mental Health and Human Rights

04 June 2020
10:30 - 13:00

Date: 4 June 2020   

Time: 10:30 – 13:00

Livestream via Zoom

This webinar addresses some of the main findings of the online multilingual Covid-19 Democracy Survey conducted by researchers from the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change (CSC) and the Human Sciences Research Council’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State division (DCES). Phase 1 of the survey covers the days from 13-18 April, Phase 2 from 18-27 April, and Phase 3 from 27 April to 13 May 2020.

Members of the research team will be sharing insights on class, mental health and human rights gained from the survey, which is a valuable contribution to the COVID-19 research effort from a social science and humanities perspective.

Presentation available for download below:

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Prof Carin Runciman, UJ

Prof Crain Soudien, CEO of HSRC
The role of social sciences and humanities in COVID-19 research

Context and methodology
Prof Mark Orkin, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Social Change, UJ

Prof Kate Alexander, Chair of Social Change, UJ
Class, schools and masks: What the data is telling us

Dr Benjamin Roberts, Research Director, HSRC
Not in the mood: How lockdown has affected the mental health of South Africans

Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Divisional Director, HSRC
The Paradox of human rights in a Pandemic

Dr Yul Derek Davids, Research Director, HSRC

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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DSI. Please also note that this seminar may be recorded and published on the HSRC podcast channel.

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