Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform generates rapid, collaborative social science research to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing development challenges related to Covid-19.

The global Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform decision-making as we move from crisis to recovery phase and beyond. 

The main objectives of the platform will be the:

  • Co-generation of research and evidence on Covid-19 related development challenges. 
  • Advocate for Covid Collective research and evidence to inform policy and practice regarding the response to the pandemic.
  • Facilitate collaboration, collective action and mutual learning. 
  • Promote the integration of social science to catalyse transformative action in response to Covid-19. 

The Covid Collective research platform brings together the expertise of global partner organisations, coordinated by the Institute of Development Studies. The research portfolio and work of the collective is overseen by an FCDO and IDS Executive Committee supported by an Advisory Group made up of representationfrom partner institutionstohelp guide the evolution of the Collective. 

Phase two 

The second phase of the Covid Collective will run from 1 May 2022 to 31 March 2023. Building on the existing institutional relationships and evidence base of the first phase it will continue to offer rapid social science research responses to Covid-19.  

Phase 2 of the Collective will place strong emphasis on policy-relevant research; use and users of research will be core guiding principles for the research and policy engagement. 

It will pay particular attention to areas where strengthening of institutions and governance, improvement of social relations, and promotion of international cooperation, can help countries around the world build greater resilience and preparedness for future crises.  

Visit the Covid Collective website


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Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

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Joe Taylor

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

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Louise Clark

MEL Manager

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Peter Taylor

Director of Research

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Poppy Bardwell

Project Manager

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Rosa Lewis-Anthony

Project Support Officer

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Samantha Reddin

Communications and Impact Manager

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Sophie Marsden

Communications and Impact Officer

Recent work


Pandemic Perspectives: Why Different Voices and Views Matter

IDS Bulletin 53.3

Responding effectively to the Covid-19 crisis and in ways that address systemic inequalities in the longer term raises many challenges – and opportunities – for researchers and commissioners of research. Launched in October 2020, the Covid Collective brought together the expertise...

29 July 2022

Past Event

The impact of evidence in a pandemic in low and middle income countries

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the UKCDR COVID CIRCLE Researcher Community, invite you to join them for a Fireside Chat on 'The Impact of Evidence in a Pandemic: How has Covid-19 shaped the engagement of research with policy and practice in Low- and Middle-Income...

27 June 2022