Loneliness in Lockdown Gathering

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Loneliness in Lockdown presents cutting-edge research on experiences of loneliness, mental health issues and isolation in lockdown

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Loneliness in Lockdown is for researchers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in how the COVID-19 Lockdowns have affected mental health and feelings of loneliness and isolation. The event includes 10 presentations from cutting-edge research projects - see below. It will be a fairly informal meeting, with lots of time to talk to the researchers about their work and discuss the implications with other attendees.


What we knew about loneliness before COVID-19? And, what do we know now?

Prof. Pam Qualter (University of Manchester)


Feelings of connection and disconnection for teenagers in lockdown

Ola Demkowicz (University of Manchester)

Connection, Constraint, and Coping: A Mixed-Methods Study of Loneliness during COVID-19-related Physical Distancing

Phoebe McKenna-Plumley (Queen’s University Belfast)

Loneliness and depression among UK adults in lockdown: risk, protective factors and temporal associations between loneliness and depression

Jenny Groarke (Queen’s University Belfast)

Exploring experiences of loneliness in people who have experienced mental ill-health

Eiluned (Ellie) Pearce (UCL)

Loneliness and mental health in children and young people: What we already know (reporting on systematic review looking at associations between loneliness and mental health outcomes and also summarising what we know about loneliness in this age group in the COVID-19 context).

Maria Loades (University of Bath)

Ploughing a lonely furrow? Investigating loneliness and isolation among young UK farmers.

Mark Holton (University of Plymouth)

Interactive zine making workshop on lockdown

Ruth Naughton-Doe (University of York)

Academic community & social media in terms of loneliness in lockdown

Mark Carrigan (University of Cambridge)

Disabled people, care and lockdown

Lucy Burke (MMU)

In place of 1000s of imaginary users, our online lockdown solidarity group of just 8. This presentation reports on the on-going Left on Read project that aimed to co-produce creative encounters with and for young people in lockdown. We arrived at an immanent critique of the project’s expansionary logic to develop resources for lots of young people by celebrating the funded, enduring and small scale group we formed, nurtured and relied on.

James Duggan (MMU) and young people from 42nd Street

We're pretty Zoomed-out so we are going to meet on Gather Town for a different experience of meeting together online.

If you would like more information please email J.Duggan[at]

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