Social distancing society
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on our society. In addition to caring for the many patients, every effort is being made to contain the coronavirus. What effects does the 1.5-meter social distancing measure have on our social contacts, our mental health, our jobs, and the economy? How do we overcome this crisis as best we can? Tilburg University, harnessing its focus on the humanities and the social sciences, deploys the research and expertise it fosters to help find answers.
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The intelligent lockdown ordered by the government in response to the corona crisis is having far-reaching consequences for everyone. What effects does social distancing have on family life, working conditions, and mental health? Why do some people not abide by the new rules of conduct? How do we prevent young people, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups from suffering permanent social deprivation?
The lockdown has very rapidly triggered an economic recession. How do we sustain those sectors that are being hit hardest? How do we decide which businesses qualify for emergency government support? Has the time come to fundamentally reconsider the labor market? What does the crisis mean for European collaboration? How can the banks survive the crisis?
The role of governance, law, and privacy
How do we organize a social distancing society in such a way that people are safe and privacy infringement is kept to a minimum? What opportunities does the crisis offer to resolve problems, including existing ones that are now magnified? Politicians and administrators, charged to take measures, are facing tough choices. Tilburg University researchers offer their expertise to move forward in these uncertain times.
Youngsters in times of corona
Young people experience the effects of the coronacrisis too.
- Dropping out of school
- Psychological problems
- Preventing long-term unemployment
The gap between science and crisis management02nd July 2020
A crisis like the one we are currently in seems to be a fantastic opportunity for researchers to profile themselves. Society is desperate for knowledge and universities have that. But can that knowledge be used in practice, and do we remember the lessons learned? 'We need watch out that we don’t soon have a pile of papers that no one reads’, says crisis expert Kenny Meesters in the recently published NWO journal 'Onderzoek' (Research).
The Bundesliga & corona: Smashing the myth of home advantage28th June 2020
The German Bundesliga was the first European soccer league to resume play after the quarantine rules for the corona crisis were relaxed. The competition started again on May 16, without live spectators, after an interruption of more than two months. John Einmahl and Jan Magnus, both Experts in statistical methods, analyzed the data and came to a striking conclusion: home advantage disappears! It is now clear that spectators play an immense role.
Social technology crucial for older adults in times of corona23rd June 2020
Elderly people, like everyone else, want to be seen and appreciated. They also have fundamental social needs, such as feeling connected, being independent and meaningful. Social technology can, certainly these days, play a large and valuable role in fulfilling those social needs, according to Tina ten Bruggencate in her dissertation (PhD Defence on July 2).
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