Reducing gendered inequalities caused by Covid-19 policies

Project Aim

The aim of RESISTIRÉ is to 1) understand the impact of COVID-19 policy responses on behavioural, social and economic inequalities in the EU27, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, and the UK on the basis of a conceptual gender+ framework, and 2) design, devise and pilot policy solutions and social innovations to be deployed by policymakers, stakeholders and actors in different policy domains.

Project Approach

RESISTIRE proposes a three-cycle approach, combining quantitative and qualitative research with co-creation. The process is repeated every 6 months, each cycle producing operational results and integrating insights from the previous one. Each cycle involves:

  • Extensive mapping of policy and societal responses to COVID-19, secondary survey data, workshops with civil society, interviews with public authorities, and individual narratives collected from precarious and vulnerable groups, and translated into operational insights.
  • Development of adequate responses and operational tools from a holistic perspective, with a co-design approach involving multiple stakeholders, with recommendations for actions for policymakers, stakeholders and actors in the field.
  • Launch of pilot actions to demonstrate the potential impact of a range of proposed solutions.
  • Dissemination of knowledge, development of policy recommendations and empowerment of stakeholders to exploit project results.

RESISTIRE relies on a strong multi-disciplinary consortium of ten European research, innovation, and design partners, with a well-established network of healthcare stakeholders. It is designed to achieve its results through multi-disciplinary research insights, cross-sectoral co-creation, solution development and a wide dissemination strategy.

Expected Outcomes

The project will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of existing problems, as well as current and future priorities and solutions. As a result, it will contribute to reducing inequalities arising from COVID-19 policies and to redressing them.

Project Partners

  • European Science Foundation (France)
  • Örebro University (Sweden)
  • Yellow Window (Belgium)
  • Oxford Brooks University (United Kingdom)
  • Knowledge & Innovation (Italy)
  • Technological University Dublin (Ireland)
  • Sabanci University (Turkey)
  • Universidad de Deusto (Spain)
  • Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
  • Sciensano (Belgium)

Role of ESF

ESF is the Project Coordinator and leads the communication work package ensuring effective impact and dissemination of the project’s results. ESF also contributes to the project’s recruitment and management of the expert network.      

Timeline & Funding

This project has received 5,2M € funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°101015990.
It will last for two years starting in April 2021. 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101015990