Societal impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

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The fear of infection and the behavioral changes necessary to contain the infection place a heavy burden on many people. Researchers are investigating how the pandemic will affect our mental and physical health.

Coping strategies for Covid-19: Social impacts

The project investigates the consequences of the lockdown on individual moral attitudes and behavioural patterns, with special attention to families with children. Within the framework of the study, a quantitative survey will be carried out, paying particular attention to the following areas: employment and working conditions, the organisation of daily activities and mobility, as well as interactions in the household and work-life balance.
In addition, the media discourse with regard to the burden on families will be examined, based on Twitter data and articles in regional and national newspapers.

Contact:   Dr. Irina Gewinner

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
  • City of Hanover
  • University of Luxembourg

Lessons from the crisis - experiences of MINT teachers with teaching-learning platforms

Due to the measures taken against the spread of corona, teachers are faced with the challenge of organising their lessons from home. Various digital tools and learning platforms have thus become the means of choice. 
Many teachers currently use the learning platforms more intensively than before. In this project we will investigate which potentials teachers appreciate in the teaching-learning platforms and which obstacles make teaching difficult for them. On this basis, possible support measures will be derived. 

Contact:   Prof. Dr. Sascha Schanze

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)

more information: Website of the project on Researchgate

Exercise, sports and nutrition during and after COVID-19

The corona crisis, with its restrictions and changes in lifestyle, has also changed physical activity and nutritional behavior and psychosocial well-being. It is not known what short and medium-term significance this has for health behavior. The study aims to collect information on exercise, nutrition and well-being in times of corona in order to be able to estimate the advantages and disadvantages of the behavioral changes for health. It is based on a 10-15 minute online survey in which the study participants should participate at least once, but preferably repeatedly in a 14-day cycle over a period of 10 weeks.

Contact:   Prof. Dr. Andreas Hahn

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
  • Justus Liebig University Giessen

more information: Website of the LUH

Adolescence in times of a pandemic - An international comparative qualitative study

In a cultural comparative approach to socialization, we examine how adolescents experience the corona crisis and how they deal with it.  
This is a cooperation project between the Universities of Hanover (Boris Zizek) and Bielefeld (Ullrich Bauer). It is supported in the survey and, in the long term, in the evaluation by international colleagues.

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
  • University Bielefeld

more information: Website of the project

The Causal Effect of Information about COVID-19 on Consumers’ Expectations, Sentiment and Concerns

The project evaluates the causal effect of information treatments about COVID-19 in a new survey on households in Thailand and Vietnam. Vietnam and Thailand were chosen, because they are both emerging economies from the same region, but other population surveys indicated very different beliefs about how the respective government is handling the COVID-19 crisis. 
We randomly split up our samples for each country and apply four different information treatments in addition to a control group. First, a map presenting the share of people in a country stating that they perceive the government’s reaction as insufficient and some text. This treatment is very different for Thailand and Vietnam, as Thailand is at the very top of countries reporting the worst assessment of their government, while Vietnam is the country with the highest agreement with its government policies. In the second treatment, respondents receive information based on a global survey on how people judge the public's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, the treatment effect is similar for both Thailand and Vietnam. Third, respondents receive information on the International Labour Organization’s devastating forecasts about the effects of COVID-19 on worldwide employment. Fourth, respondents are shown a graph and some text illustrating the effectiveness of social distancing for avoiding COVID-19 infections.
Among the four treatments, the ILO treatment tends to have the largest effect. In addition, treatment effects tend to be larger in the Thai survey compared to the Vietnamese data. Our survey also reveals a large degree of disagreement with the government’s policy reaction to COVID-19, which is not present in the Vietnamese data. Therefore, larger treatment effects of additional information provided by our survey might reflect this disagreement. Overall, we find no effects on consumers’ inflation and unemployment expectations, but Vietnamese consumers report more pessimistic GDP growth expectations when treated with information about high globally forecasted unemployment. This is also reflected in a lower likelihood to view government policies as appropriate in this treatment. However, we find no evidence of treatment effects on consumption or consumer sentiment. Consumers in both Thailand and Vietnam in addition report higher life satisfaction when they are treated with information of the public’s reaction to COVID-19, which places both countries in the middle relative to China and India, the two largest countries in Asia.

Contact:   Prof. Dr. Lena Dräger

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
  • Philipps University Marburg

#LernenVernetzt - A teaching research project

The COVID-19-related school closures meant that some of the teacher trainees currently enrolled at LUH were unable to complete their internships in the schools. The Leibniz School Connect (LSConnect) project team developed the initiative #LernenVernetzt based on the idea of providing student teachers with meaningful and competence-promoting replacements for their school internships in a timely manner and at the same time supporting schools, teachers and students. Committed students can support teachers in digitizing their teaching and learning materials and their students in the associated learning processes. The project investigates the design of digital teaching offerings, the use and perception of these offerings by students and the support of the learning processes by students.

Contact:   Prof. Dr. Katharina Müller

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)

more information: Website of the LUH

The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on emerging economies

When collecting panel data for 2020, the DFG long-term project "Thailand-Vietnam Socioeconomic Panel" (TVSEP) takes the COVID 19 pandemic into account. Based on the unique, long-term and high-quality TVSEP panel database consisting of 4400 rural households and about 1000 migrants in urban areas in Thailand and Vietnam, a survey specifically targeted at the corona pandemic will be conducted in November 2020. The Corona project is focused on answering the question of how the COVID 19 pandemic will affect the well-being and various behavioral traits of vulnerable individuals, households and communities in the two emerging markets of Thailand and Vietnam. The collection and analysis of this additional data will allow a precise assessment of the impact of the pandemic and provide important insights into the measures taken during the crisis. It can also be used to develop recommendations for future action to deal with such a crisis.

Contact:   Prof. Dr. Hermann Waibel

Partners:

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)

more information: Website of the LUH

COH-FIT - Collaborative Outcomes Study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times

Learn more about this project from Hannover Medical School here.

PallPan - National Strategy for Palliative Care during a Pandemic

Learn more about this project from Hannover Medical School here.

OnCoVID - Management in oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic

Learn more about this project from Hannover Medical School here.

The COVID-19 survey Germany: Mental health in times of crisis

Learn more about this project from Hannover Medical School here.