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Estimating the social and spatial impacts of Covid mitigation strategies in United Kingdom regions: synthetic data and dashboards

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel FranklinORCiD, Dr Vikki Houlden



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This study advances understanding of the broader social and spatial impacts of COVID-19 restrictive measures, particularly how they may have impacted individuals and households and, in turn, the geographic areas in which these individuals and households are concen- trated. Data are combined and linked to a novel individual-level synthetic dataset and an interactive dashboard is developed to assist with the identification and understanding of the social and spatial impacts of restrictions. To illustrate the utility of this approach, the analysis focuses on the impact of three restrictions within a defined spatial area: Yorkshire and Humberside (UK). Results highlight the additive nature of restriction impacts and sug- gest areas that may have the least future resilience as policy priority areas. This approach is transferable to other regions and the use of the dashboard allows rapid consideration and communication of the social and spatial nature of inequalities to researchers, practitioners and the general public.

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Author(s): Wallace R, Franklin R, Grant-Muller S, Heppenstall A, Houlden V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Year: 2022

Online publication date: 26/05/2022

Acceptance date: 27/04/2022

Date deposited: 20/05/2022

ISSN (print): 1752-1378

ISSN (electronic): 1752-1386

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsac019


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Funder referenceFunder name
Alan Turing Institute, project reference R-LEE-004
Consumer Data Research Centre
Medical Research Council (MC_UU_00022/5)
Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (SPHSU20)
United Kingdom Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) (MR/S037578/2)