The social, economic and political effects of inequalities in society are vast and can have a major impact on people’s health and well-being. This has been especially evident during the ongoing pandemic, which has highlighted these discrepancies even more.
Academics at Alliance Manchester Business School continue to research the effects of inequalities on health, in order to address these differences in society.
- The Data Visualisation Observatory at AMBS launched a platform that enables users to track Covid-19 levels across Greater Manchester. With the ability to link a number of diverse datasets such as multiple deprivation indices, air pollution, and local amenities such as schools and hospitals, this could help city health chiefs gain a better understanding of why specific areas of the city might be more prone to higher levels of infections than others.
- Academics from AMBS co-authored a hard-hitting report on what went wrong in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic and what lessons can now be learnt for the future.
- Researchers from AMBS have been analysing how Covid-19 cases have been changing nationally and locally in England since the outbreak began, to identify the causes in these regional disparities.
- Saleema Kauser has been awarded a grant by the British Academy to look at the extent to which social and economic factors might help explain the disproportionate effect that COVID-19 has had on BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities.
- Members of the Work and Equalities Institute at AMBS have spent the last few months writing a series of thought-provoking articles on the impact of the pandemic in their specific fields of research.
- At the beginning of the pandemic, AMBS secured close to £1m in funding to support its research into the long-term recovery of local communities from the damage caused by COVID-19. This allowed academics to come together and share their research and resulting lessons in the fortnightly Manchester Briefing, which addressed various ways in which the pandemic has caused and exacerbated societal inequalities.