London Met academics present COVID-19 research to Lambeth Council

Researchers from across the University showcased the work they are doing to address the challenges of the pandemic.

Date: 15 October 2020

Researchers from London Met recently presented their work on different aspects of the pandemic to Lambeth Council.

Organised through the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre (GDIRC), the group of researchers addressed councillors, officers and funders at the Lambeth Funders Forum to showcase the work the University is doing to address the challenges of COVID-19 and to better understand our response to it.  

Louise Ryan, Senior Professor of Sociology and Director of the GDIRC introduced the team and outlined her own research collaboration with Lambeth Council, with whom she is working to develop a new project on understanding the impact of the pandemic on LGBTQ+ communities in Lambeth, alongside local NGO Black Thrive.

Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement, spoke about the launch of the London Met Lab: Empowering London, an initiative that brings together staff and students from across the University to work in partnership with local organisations, to tackle key challenges facing the city.

Dr Stephen Hills, Senior Lecturer in the Guildhall School of Business and Law, and Dr Yolanda Eraso, Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, discussed their research findings on the social-distancing non-compliance rates in North London; and how people can be better supported to follow the rules.

Finally, Gary Mclean, Professor of Immunology, spoke about the role of public transport in the transmission of the virus.

The event represents the University’s commitment to work collaboratively with local partners, and where possible, to undertake research that gives back to and supports London's ambitions. The meeting also paved the way for future collaborations with the London Borough of Lambeth. 

Lambeth town hall

Pictured: Lambeth Town Hall