Young people’s experiences of life during the Covid-19 pandemic

Call for young people to participate in a research project 

  • Are you aged between 14 and 18? 
  • Do you have views and experiences to share about life during the Covid-19 crisis? 
  • Would you like to get involved in a research project involving young people from seven different countries? 

Launched in May 2020, a new project will bring together young people from seven countries to share their views and experiences of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and will be carried out entirely online, using methods such as videography, diaries and interviews. 

Over the next 12-14 months, researchers from Ecorys UK and the University of Huddersfield will work with young people as co-researchers, supporting them to document their family lives, peer relationships, education, and roles in society. 

The project will gather new evidence to show governments, NGOs and communities how to protect young people’s rights and their wellbeing, and how to keep them safe during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The countries include:

  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • Lebanon

What’s involved? 

Researchers from Ecorys UK and the University of Huddersfield are currently inviting young people to join their research network.

As part of the network, they would ask for your feedback to make sure that the research findings and recommendations capture and reflect what is important for young people. 

You would also have a key role to play in helping them to raise awareness of the project, and to make sure that the findings reach as many people as possible by sharing the learning.  

But it’s not just a one-way street! They also want to hear from YOU about YOUR personal experiences of life under Covid-19. There would be opportunities to tell them what you think about the actions taken by politicians, family members and the public in response to the crisis, and to suggest what else is needed to ensure that young people’s views are heard and acted upon.

How do I apply? 

To apply to be part of the project, you need to be: 

  • 14 to 18 years of age 
  • living in the UK, Italy, Singapore or Lebanon 
  • able to access the internet (e.g. via a mobile phone, PC, tablet or laptop)

If you choose to apply you can then do so by completing this online form.

If you are under 16 years of age, then you will also need to provide a signed parental consent form. Once you have submitted your online application, the Ecorys UK research team will email you requesting this. In the meantime, you can access the form below:

New applications will be considered on an ongoing basis, and they will offer places on the research network to a new group of applicants every month. 

For queries regarding the action research, please contact: 


This project is being carried out in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Ecorys is a registered data controller: UKICO, No.Z5564761