COronavirus Vulnerabilities and INFOrmation dynamics Research and Modelling (COVINFORM)
COVINFORM is a 3-year project (2021-2023) funded by the European Commission.
The purpose of the project is to carry out an interdisciplinary evaluation of how the government, health care authorities and society at large have handled, informed and communicated about COVID-19. A concrete goal is to create a digital toolbox for handling future pandemics.
Policymakers and public health experts unanimously recognise the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable persons: even in countries with well-developed responses, the outbreak and its repercussions imperil the basic well-being of social groups whose livelihoods are already precarious, while the uneven distribution of suffering threatens to aggravate inequality and division. One complicating factor here is the intersectional nature of health and socioeconomic vulnerabilities. Another is the complexity of risk in contemporary socioecological systems.
Method and aim
The COVINFORM project will draw upon intersectionality theory and complex systems analysis in an interdisciplinary critique of COVID-19 responses on the levels of government, public health, community, and information and communications.
The project will conduct research on three levels:
- on an EU27 MS plus UK level, quantitative secondary data will be analysed and models will be developed;
- within 15 target countries, documentary sources on the national level and in at least one local community per country will be analysed
- in 10 target communities, primary empirical research will be conducted, utilising both classical and innovative quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. visual ethnography, participatory ethnography, and automated analysis of short video testimonials).
Promising practices will be evaluated in target communities through case studies spanning diverse disciplines (social epidemiology, the economics of unpaid labour, the sociology of migration, etc.) and vulnerable populations (COVID-19 patients, precarious families, migrating health care workers, etc.).
The project will culminate in the development of an online portal and visual toolkit for stakeholders in government, public health, and civil society integrating data streams, indices and indicators, maps, models, primary research and case study findings, empirically grounded policy guidance, and creative assessment tools.
JMG's part in the COVINFORM project
The University of Gothenburg participates in the COVINFORM project through the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), and will mainly contribute with analyzes and evaluation of how government authorities and agencies have communicated and informed about the pandemic.
Published by JMG in the COVINFORM project
- 23 januari 2023. Av Julia Ekman, masterstudent i politisk kommunikation, JMG, Göteborgs universitet: "Bridging the gap": The importance of interpersonal risk and crisis communication.
- 27 april 2022. Av Tim Arasimowicz, masterstudent i politisk kommunikation, JMG, Göteborgs universitet: Un-masking the Mask-Issue
- 7 July 2021. By Bengt Johansson, JMG, UGOT/University of Gothenburg: One size does not fit all – information seeking during the COVID-19 pandemic in a segregated society
More information about the COVINFORM project
The project runs from 2020 to 2023, and is founded by the EU Commission with a budget of 4 941 679 Euros.
Project leader is SYNYO GmBH in Austria, and the project involves the following 17 partners in 12 countries:
- SYNYO, Austria
- Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development, France
- Magen David Adom in Israel
- Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Spain
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
- Sinus Markt- und Sozialforschung, Germany
- Trilateral research, UK
- Kentro Meleton Asfaleias, Greece
- Factor Social, Portugal
- Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz, Austria
- Media Diversity Institute, UK
- Societatea Nationala de Cruce Rosie din Romania
- Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
- Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
- Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
- Swansea University, UK
- The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Read more about COVINFORM on SYNYO's website for the project.
News about the COVINFORM project
- Kick-off (External link)
- One size does not fit all. Published by Bengt Johansson, JMG. (External link)
- "Bridging the gap": The importance of interpersonal risk and crisis communicati… (External link)
- Follow news in the COVINFORM project here (External link)
- Un-masking the Mask-Issue. Published by Tim Arasimowicz, JMG. (External link)
- Magen David Adom, Israel (External link)
- Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Spain (External link)
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy (External link)
- Sinus Markt- und Sozialforschung, Germany (External link)
- Trilateral research, UK (External link)
- Kentro Meleton Asfaleias, Greece (External link)
- Factor Social, Portugal (External link)
- Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz , Austria (External link)
- Media Diversity Institute, UK (External link)
- Societatea nationala de Cruce Rosie, Romania (External link)
- Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium (External link)
- Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy (External link)
- Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain (External link)
- Swansea University , UK (External link)
- OECD, France (External link)
- Department of journalism, media and communication, University of Gothenburg (External link)