The implications of a global pandemic for how we engage with Antarctica, with each other and in our institutions, have been on the minds of many and have forced a re-examination of our values, our priorities and our ways of life. It prompted the Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences to respond to a suggestion by the SCAR President to look into this topic further. This is how this project was born.
What is the impact of COVID-19 on Antarctic research and researchers?
What are the long-term implications of COVID-19 for Antarctic operations and governance?
The research team created a survey about COVID-19 impacts for Antarctic researchers, support staff, students, and anyone else involved in Antarctic research or logistics to complete. Responses will help the team to understand how the community is affected and will inform strategic decisions to mitigate impacts. The English-language version of the survey is now closed, but the team is still seeking input from Spanish, Russian and Mandarin speakers. The survey is set to close 15th December 2020.
Spanish version: http://ow.ly/tn6Q50CrYo8
Russian version: http://ow.ly/EJtj50CrYo7
Mandarin version: http://ow.ly/yxu850CrYo9
The project is structured into six Work Packages (WP) and is using a mixed-methods approach to meeting its research objectives, including futures scanning, interviews, surveys, social media analysis, media-based desk study, document analysis, and literature reviews. Currently more than 40 researchers from all over the world and with different disciplinary backgrounds, from anthropology to zoology, are contributing to this project.