Interactive Live Sessions: COVID-19 and Society

COVID-19 has changed our lives in countless ways, unearthing new fears, and emphasising the inequalities affecting disabled people, the vulnerable, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

In a series of interactive live events delivered on YouTube, University of Leeds academics will discuss society’s response to COVID-19, and what a “green” recovery might look like.

Each session, hosted by Dr Thomas Campbell, will be presented by leading researchers, allowing participants to investigate crucial topics relating to inequalities in healthcare, disability, and our communities.

Join the conversation to explore all this, as well as the phenomena of fake news, preppers and stockpiling.


This is a series of free events, open to the general public as well as staff and students at the University of Leeds. The first three sessions, outlined below, will take place during the week commencing 7th December 2020.

COVID-19 and Health Inequalities

8/12/2020 16:00

This event investigates health inequalities in a pandemic using accounts of experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK, and Black Americans in the United States.

Presenter: Professor Nick Emmel, Professor of Social Research Methodology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds

COVID-19 and Communities

9/12/2020 15:00

This event explores how communities responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and the inequalities and implications this revealed.

Presenter: Dr Andrew Wallace, University Academic Fellow, SSP, University of Leeds

COVID-19 and Disability

10/12/2020 15:00

This event explores the COVID–19 pandemic impact on disabled people, and how it has exacerbated disabled people’s marginalisation within society.

Presenter: Dr Miro Griffiths, Leverhulme Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

For more information and to join the events visit:


· YouTube

More events from the series will be announced soon, to take place before and after Christmas.