Research during COVID-19: ‘Fall forward’ and not ‘fall back’

In this post, Eric Ngang, a PGR in Law discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on his research.  Eric’s research area is in the discipline of Environmental Law with a special interest in Climate Change Law Making.  Eric has previously written about the PGR Writing Summer School.

The year 2020, which is still in its second quarter, has been an emotional roller coaster for me. The year ushered in the global spread of COVID-19 from its point source leaving no one in the world indifferent. While it reveals the glaring inequalities amongst humanity and the uncertainties associated with disasters, it is at the same time enabling the best from humanity and nature.

Eric Ngang
Eric Ngang

On a personal level, being separated from my family and having to adjust to the new norm puts on an added layer of complexity to already difficult scenarios. I constantly think about my family and several others in Africa that have to cope with our governments copied-and-pasted measures.Such governments like mine have been quick adopting quarantine, self-isolation, and lockdowns from the west while forgetting accompanying measures to quarantine poverty, inequalities, and justices to ease the suffering of the masses. Continue reading “Research during COVID-19: ‘Fall forward’ and not ‘fall back’”

COVID-19 and your research

It is unfortunately no longer possible to hope that the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak won’t have an impact on research activity and your research programme.  Of course, many of us will also be affected personally, through restrictions on our activities or health-related issues for ourselves and loved ones.  Electron microscope image of the Coronavirus COVID-19We have seen it coming, but yesterday marked a step-change with the announcement that campus operations will be restricted after the end of this term and government recommendations to work from home where possible.

In this post, we will explore some of the things that PGRs can do to stay up-to-date with the latest advice, consider the impact of the outbreak on their research, and protect their mental health.

Continue reading “COVID-19 and your research”

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