As a leading voice of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Bristol, Voscur is working with the Inclusive Economy Initiative to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the sector.
With funding from the University’s Bristol Model project hosted by the Professional Liaison Network, the project will investigate the impact of the pandemic on homelessness; food security; digital inclusion; volunteering; older people; and the environment and space, with each strand managed by an undergraduate student from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.
Findings from this research project will help to inform policymakers and educationalists alike, and will be a key part of the city’s recovery from the pandemic.
Key research questions: How did the third sector respond to COVID? What lessons can we learn? Can we use students to produce policy relevant research that makes a difference to people in the city?
Research lead: Professor Martin Parker
Other researchers: Dr John McGoldrick; Tahlia Jurkovic; Jamie Ellis; Will Romain; Ethel Ng; Hal Arnold-Foster
Research partners: Voscur (represented by Tom Burnett)
Funded by: Office for Students and Research England
Start/end dates: Spring to Autumn 2021