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The Centre for Business and Society's response to COVID-19

The Centre for Business and Society's response to COVID-19

In addition to the serious implications for people's health and the healthcare services, COVID-19 is having a significant impact on factors affecting businesses and society. Our researchers at the Centre for Business in Society have been exploring these impacts and sharing their expert thoughts on a variety of topics affecting us all in these unprecedented times.

On this page, you will find a collection of articles and blogs written by our experts to help you understand and prepare for what is happening in the world around us and what we can be doing in response.


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2020 autumn newsletter: COVID-19... Getting on with it!

We focus on how our researchers are navigating the challenges of the ‘new normal’ in order to fulfil our commitments to funders, deliver our KPIs and maintain the momentum we have built up over the past few years.


2020 summer newsletter: COVID-19 special

This CBiS newsletter focuses on what the centre has delivered during lockdown, including successes for research, funding and the delivery of postgraduate training.

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COVID-19 and tracking population movement

Kirstie Ball, Sally Dibb, and Sara Degli Esposti explore why governments need to demonstrate principled authority in order to ensure effective global health surveillance.

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COVID-19 and the new world of work in academic institutions

Dr Muhammad Kamal examines the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and developing countries that might not have the infrastructure to support distanced learning.

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Community sports clubs in crisis

Exploring the impact that new socially distanced exercise habits might have on sports clubs who are already facing financial difficulties after years of government funding cuts.

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COVID-19 community food services

Exploring how the values of social eating (SE) enables the Nottingham SE Network & its community food partners to meet the rising demand for food aid during COVID-19.

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Shops are reopening. Maybe!

As non-essential businesses reopen in England, Professor Lyndon Simkin has been exploring the effect of the three-month lockdown on the high street and the new challenges they will be facing post pandemic.

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Food banks, supply chains, grocery retailing and food waste: a sector in crisis

With the emergence of new food trends, what are the longer-term implications of the initial pandemic disruption.

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Tracking COVID-19

COVID-19 Tracking Apps: pros and cons, and the emergence of new business models around privacy and personal data?

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Demolish and repurpose - the redundant high street

UK high streets were in deep trouble before the pandemic struck, but now they face even more challenges. So is Covid-19 their death knell?

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Re-thinking corporate governance during COVID-19

How have boards of directors reacted during the pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic phases? Why is corporate governance at risk?

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COVID-19, brexit and industrial strategy

COVID-19 has obscured the many tensions wrought by Brexit, but when the dust settles, how do we address the tension that exists between Brexit and industrial strategy?

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Electric vehicles and post pandemic transport behaviour

As a result of the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic response, road journeys have plunged by at least 70%. But how will this affect post-pandemic transport behaviour?

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The social distancing and COVID-19 coffee shop culture

Given the size of the coffee shop industry, even a small percentage change in activity will have dramatic impacts on businesses and livelihoods.

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Supporting greater financial wellbeing in a time of crisis

What can you do to support your financial wellbeing in these challenging times?

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Responding to a blooming nightmare

Examining how COVID-19 has shaken up the Horticultural Industry and how leading industry bodies and individual businesses have responded to the crisis.

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When the foundational economy becomes the economy

The Covid-19 crisis has provided a window on the critical social infrastructure which underpins daily life and essential work

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What are we to make of BoE’s COVID-19 pandemic response?

On Thursday 19/03/2020, the Bank of England (BoE) cut interest rates to a record-low 0.1% – what does this mean and what are we to make of this?

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