How can social statistics help us fight Covid-19?

Monday 21 September 2020
13:00 - 14:15 (BST)

UBDC Director Professor Nick Bailey will be speaking at this online event organised by the Campaign for Social Science.

This panel discussion will discuss the role of social statistics in informing the Covid-19 response and recovery and will address the following questions

  • Why are trusted public sources of statistics particularly important during a pandemic?
  • What role do social statistics play in understanding key emerging issues such as the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities?
  • How are new forms of data providing (near) real-time information informing innovative responses to Covid-19?
  • What is needed to make sure we have a robust data infrastructure for social statistics now, and into the future?

The Panel

The online event will be chaired by Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS, National Statistician. Sir Ian will discuss the role of ONS and explore the ways in which it has helped to shape the policy response, and increase understanding of the pandemic across wider society.

The panellists:

Professor Nick Bailey FAcSS, Director of Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), a research centre and national data service based at the University of Glasgow, Associate Director, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, and Professor of Urban Studies

Professor Alison Park CBE FAcSS, Director of Research at Economic and Research Council (ESRC). Prior to joining ESRC Alison was the Director of Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) at UCL Institute of Education that brings together eight key UK longitudinal studies from across the social and biomedical sciences.

Angela Saini, science journalist and author. Angela presents radio and television programmes on the BBC and her writing has appeared in Nature, The Lancet and New Scientist. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, published in 2019 was named a book of the year by the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph.


Registration for this online event is available via Eventbrite.