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UI Researchers win prestigious UKRI Covid-19 grant to study links between inequality and policing the pandemic

29.07.2021

UI Director, Professor Susan McVie, and two of the UI researchers, Dr Ben Matthews and Dr Kath Murray, have been successful in securing funding from the UKRI’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Call for a project titled ‘Policing the Pandemic: The Role Of Enforcement In Securing Compliance With The Coronavirus Regulations.

Following on from work that started under the Understanding Inequalities grant, the team will explore the use of enforcement in securing compliance with the Coronavirus Regulations during the course of the pandemic. Using a mixed methods approach, they will examine the reasons and mechanisms behind patterns of non-compliance resulting in the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice in Scotland. Specifically, they will be examining how different forms of health, social and economic inequalities impacted on people’s likelihood of non-compliance.

To find out more about the Policing the Pandemic project, visit the project webpage.