Covid 19: Unveiling The Social Science Research Dimensions

The spread of the Covid-19 virus across the world has presented an unparalleled challenge for society, academia, and the social sciences. COVID 19 is a test of societies, of governments, of communities and of individuals. At the time of social distancing, the situation demands solidarity and cooperation to tackle the virus, and to mitigate the effects, often unintended, of measures designed to halt the spread of the virus. During Covid-19 one cannot deny persistent societal realities—such as entrenched racial and economic inequality, the proliferation of misinformation, and anxieties about the ability of the world’s democracies to confront major crises.

There is a need to understand social understanding to apprehend the crisis. The pandemic has several social sciences and inter-disciplinary & trans-disciplinary dimensions apart from medical science. The better understanding of social science pivotal issues creates multiple research opportunities for social science researchers. The research-based evidence on social science or inter-disciplinary dimensions could enrich the understanding of policymakers to take a more a more informed decision and respond efficiently to such situations. 
In the present crisis, social research is relevant.  However, opening up research is not enough on its own, and for social research to be more useful, much work needs to be done organizing and representing this expertise. Here there is a clear role for scholarly societies, research institutions, and publishers. Social scientist has a lot of opportunities in the to study the responses of the community during quarantine, social distancing, social behavior, societal understanding of the disease and related risks, social trust, health-seeking behavior, healthcare infrastructure, preparedness, and interventions, political preparedness, economic and livelihood implications of such pandemic, global recession, decelerating growth and development, Industrial revival, recovery on external and internal trade fronts, employment implications, issues related to migrant laborers, change in the global economic and political order, changes in behavior and thinking, experiences of people esp. the sufferers, environmental concerns and so on.    
Furthermore, it will not be wrong to say in reality practicing social science research is a threat, Covid-19 threatens the actual practice of social science. There are clear ethical and safety concerns around carrying out forms of qualitative and engaged research at a time when social contact should be kept to a minimum. There are opportunities for some of these efforts to be redirected into different activities, such as revisiting datasets, refining methodologies, and exploring distance approaches to collecting qualitative data. However, the implications for many research projects and researchers will be profound.
Further, social distancing is also affecting the dissemination and development of social research. As conferences, seminars, and public events are canceled, so are many of the informal mechanisms by which social research is communicated and made useful. This article in the form of concept subsumes that there is a lot more to do for social science researchers during COVID 19 and after it. It depends on social science expertise that how he/she can contribute to society in his/her own subtle ways. Perhaps one cannot deny the fact that time will tell where we will head but the present planning and actions will define the future of social sciences. 

Ms. Ritika

Asst. Prof

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