COVID-19 and Health Inequalities
  • Time: 16:00 - 16:45
  • Date: Tuesday 8 December 2020
  • Location: Online
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  • Cost: Free
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This event investigates health inequalities in a pandemic using accounts of experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Groups in the UK and Black Americans in the United States.

From early in the Covid-19 pandemic compelling evidence emerged of significant inequalities in health outcomes for different groups both in the UK and internationally.

Early reports suggested that BAME groups (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) were disproportionately affected by Covid-19 in the UK and African Americans in the US, for instance. Subsequent investigations have confirmed these early reports, describing these inequalities. But they have avoided explanations of likely causes.

In this resource we will investigate how experiences of Covid-19 relate to existing health inequalities and how we might better understand these through an investigation of the social determinants of health. You will find out how the health experiences of different groups in the Covid-19 pandemic have been described, contextualise these experiences in longer-term experiences of health inequalities and situate these in our understanding of the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

This live session will help you to investigate ways of thinking (including policies) to address Covid-19 and reduce inequalities in health and evaluate their likelihood of success.

Tune in this live session on YouTube and join in the discussion.  

This event is part of a series of live sessions exploring the effects of COVID-19 to our society. Check out other live sessions you might be interested in on YouTube


  • Professor Nick Emmel, Professor of Social Research Methodology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds 
  • Dr Tom Campbell, Associate Professor in Social Theory