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A comparative and longitudinal qualitative study

About the project

This research is part of a multinational study on “Solidarity in times of pandemics”, led by Professor Barbara Prainsack at the University of Vienna.

The multinational, comparative, qualitative study “Solidarity in times of a pandemic. What do people do and why?” (SolPan) examines diverse questions regarding the pandemic situation in different European as well as non-European countries. By means of in-depth qualitative interviews with residents in these countries, we explore questions concerning, for example, the importance of digital practices such as home office working, the meaning of specific policy measures, the role of citizens in managing the crisis, but also the proliferation of contact tracing applications as a policy instrument in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

A research commons

SolPan is set up as a research commons; this means that all researchers in the project collectively develop the research design, the data collection instruments, or  how the data will be used.

EUROPEAN Country team leaders

Austria: Barbara Prainsack and Katharina Kieslich, University of Vienna
Belgium: Ine van Hoyweghen and Gert Meyers, KU Leuven
France: Ruth Horn, University of Oxford; and Marie Gaille, CRNS
Germany: Alena Buyx, Technical University Munich
Ireland: Susi Geiger, University College Dublin
Italy: Federica Lucivero, University of Oxford
The Netherlands: Tamar Sharon, Radboud University
Switzerland (German speaking regions): Alena Buyx, Technical University Munich
United Kingdom: Stephanie Johnson, University of Oxford


SolPan+ is part of the larger SolPan consortium. SolPan+ partners are regional consortia that expand the SolPan project to wider world regions to foster a better understanding of how local conditions, political and social factors, and other nation- and region-specific conditions influence people´s experiences during the pandemic. Moreover, the diverse geographical and demographic contexts that are now represented in the SolPan consortium enable us to explore how different availability of, and access to, public services, as well as different configurations and conditions of inequality, affect the capacity to adapt and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Using a qualitative and inductive methodology and data collection instruments specific to each region, we can generate data that are both comparative across national and regional contexts as well as specific to local specificities.


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