Welcome to the COVID Generosity Project. We are researchers from Sussex University in the Department of Sociology, and we are conducting research that explores people’s experiences of human giving during the current pandemic.
Our research on human giving is different to previous studies, as we really want to focus on those who feel that they have been on the receiving end of giving, rather than on the givers. This is because we want to broaden our understanding of human giving. We are also collecting data on the effects of giving over time.
We think that human giving could be playing an important role in these difficult times, in which there has been such a widespread loss of life, trauma and fundamental changes in how we live. We will be paying attention throughout our research to the broader issues in UK society – for instance, how cuts in social and health services have created inequalities that affect how people are experiencing the current crisis. Overall, we hope our research can develop new knowledge about how human giving can contribute to a post-COVID world.