16 September 2021, Online
Social Situation Monitor - Research Seminar: The short-term and the long-lasting effects of the covid-19 pandemic on people’s lives
Social Situation Monitor (SSM) Research Seminars aims to provide a forum to discuss the theoretical, methodological and policy implications of the latest economic and social research. More specifically, SSM Research Seminars aim to inform:
  • the economic and social analysis of the European Commission in general, and the Commission’s Employment and Social Developments (ESDE) in Europe review in particular;
  • the economic and social analysis of the European Commission’s stakeholders;
  • the economic and social policies of the European Commission and its stakeholders.
This Research Seminar will focus on both short and long-term impacts of the covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the seminar will look at the changes in working and living conditions triggered by an increased home-based teleworking pattern due to the lockdown measures. Employment patterns, working hours, life satisfaction to name a few, are likely to have been heavily affected. Secondly, the seminar will look at the likely second-round effects on demographic spatial patterns (e.g., housing, urban-rural geographies, transport, environment) induced by a more extensive use of home-based teleworking. Last but not least, the seminar will foster discussions on what groups or sectors within the workforce have been mostly affected by the pandemic and its long-lasting effects. 
Focus and aim of the Research Seminar 
SSM Research Seminars are primarily intended for: 
  • Economists and analysts working in policy-making organisations 
  • Academic researchers  
The Research Seminar is open to a maximum of 50 participants.   
Researchers and academics across Europe are invited to submit abstracts in relation to their current work on the impact of the COVID-19 related crisis in view of presenting their insights at the Research Seminar.

The presentations could cover a broad range of issues that increased home-based teleworking is having or expected to have in the future such as the impact on wellbeing, health, work-life balance, working hours, decisions on the place to live (rural/urban, housing, other countries, cross-border location), use of transport and environment. They could also cover the impacts on a certain type of workers who lost their job due to the pandemic and lockdown measures. We welcome empirical evidence on these matters.

Possible key questions to be answered:
  • What are the effects of increased home-based teleworking –triggered by lockdown measures – on working and living conditions (e.g., employment patterns, working hours, life satisfaction)
  • How do such changes induced by increased home-based teleworking may impact demographic spatial patterns in the long-run (e.g., housing, urban-rural geographies, transport, environment)?
  • How does the transition into inactivity due to the pandemic have affected workers (e.g., young workers, older workers, specific sectors) and whether these are likely to be long-lasting? (longitudinal perspective could shed light on this) 
Call for abstracts 
Please submit your abstract (2000 characters maximum – including research questions, methodology applied, main results) and biography (1200 characters maximum) electronically below by 2 July.

Presented analytical work should preferably be empirical and cover the EU, or be based on methodologies that could be scaled up at EU-level. The methods and data used should be shortly presented in the abstracts. 

Abstracts will be reviewed by the SSM team, which includes representatives from the European Commission, ICF Consulting and HIVA. Abstracts will be assessed based on their quality and relevance to the work of the SSM team.

As the SSM Research Seminar will take place online, invited speakers will be pre-recording their presentation (20 minutes), which will be made available to participants in advance following a blended learning approach(one presenter per paper in case of co-authored papers). During the online Research Seminar, speakers will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the audience and actively participate in the discussion with economists and analysts working in policy-making organisations and their academic peers.

Submission of abstracts 
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