Call for Submissions: Applied Sociologists Working on Policies, Programs and Services to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic
Sociology at Work is seeking *short and timely* reflections from applied sociologists from around the world, who are working on responses to Covid-19 Coronavirus, in policy, programs or service delivery. An 'applied sociologist' is defined as a sociology practitioner working outside academia. We seek to share stories from applied sociologists about how you're using sociological theories, concepts, methods or practices to address issues emerging from Covid-19, from coordinating public health responses, to improving public communications, providing policy advice, meeting the needs of homeless people, providing care to vulnerable and high-risk groups, and more.
We are looking for written submissions, in English, between 500 words to 1,000 words, via the form below.
We will also accept video or audio submissions in English of no more than 10 minutes to answer the same questions as the form below. If you'd prefer to be interviewed via video or audio, contact Zuleyka: sociologyatwork (at) gmail dot com
Due to the evolving nature of this pandemic, we are looking for short, and quick, turnaround. Submissions close Sunday 12 April, 11:59 pm AEST. If you'd like to contribute, but this deadline poses a problem, please get in touch.
We ask for some background about your job and answers to these three key questions:
1) What do you do in your paid work?
2) Tell us about the social context where you live, and how has your work shifted to respond to Covid-19?
3) How are you using applied sociology in your day-to-day work to directly respond to Covid-19?
You will be provided editorial support to prepare your story for publication (free of course!).
All submissions will be published as a compilation, or a series of blog posts, on SociologyAtWork.org, in early May 2020. It is your responsibility to seek clearance for publication from your employer, prior to submission.
If your submission is accepted for publication, we will require a high-resolution photo of you to accompany your post.
If you're interested, we also welcome any other photos, videos or artwork related to your work that is relevant to your submission. It is your responsibility to seek appropriate permissions and copyright, so it would be best to submit images you own.
Unfortunately, everybody's work and personal life has been impacted by Covid-19, including paid work moving to online environments. However, we are looking for discussion on the work that applied sociologists are *already doing* to *directly address Covid-19,* not ideas on what should happen. As such, we do not accept submissions from:
- Sociologists who are not actively working on Covid-19
- Submissions from academics
- Op eds or articles on what you think ought to happen
Sociology at Work is a not-for-profit, run on a volunteer basis by Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, who uses her own money, time and resources to keep our community going. As such, please note that submissions *are not paid.*
Your first name
Your last name
Your title if you'd like it published (e.g. Ms, Dr)
Your role or job title
What sector do you work in?
Government (federal, regional, state, local council)
Self-employed (e.g. own consultancy business, self-funded researcher)
What type of work do you primarily deliver?
Policy advice to Government (analysis, research)
Applied research or consultancy for clients (e.g. marketing, or other non-university setting)
Where do you live? Please state the city and country
1) What do you do in your paid work? Briefly describe your job and how you generally use sociology (outside of working on Covid-19 issues). *No more than 200 words.*
2) Tell us about the social context where you live, and how has your work shifted due to Covid-19? E.g. Is your city in lockdown? Are you able to work from home? *No more than 300 words.*
3) How are you using applied sociology in your day-to-day work to directly respond to Covid-19? E.g. Sociological theories, concepts and methods to address the pandemic. *Up to 500 words.*
Have you produced any publicly available resources on Covid-19 that you'd like to link to or share?
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