Participants needed - research on changes in household water consumption associated to COVID-19


We are conducting a research project to understand how water use practices are changing during the pandemic and lockdown in England and Wales households.

If you choose to participate,

• We will ask you to take part in a group discussion in an online platform (Zoom).
• Group discussions will take place during the first week of September (see potential dates below).
• There will be 4-5 participants and the activity will take around 60 minutes
• You will be asked to comment on, and discuss with other participants, how your household water use practices have changed since the beginning of the pandemic/lockdown and reflect about the reasons for these changes. We will be talking about a range of cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation practices in the home, and use of water in the garden if relevant.
• The activity will be audio recorded and transcribed.
• You will receive a £15 gift e-card for your participation in the study.

If you agree to participate, please, fill in the form below and we will contact, you soon to confirm the date of the group discussion.

In the next page you will find a short socio-demographic questionnaire. All questions are optional. Responses will help us understanding different patters of change in household water use.

How will we maintain privacy and confidentiality?

The research team takes confidentiality and privacy seriously. Only the research team will have access to the information you provide. Unless you grant us permission to use your real name, we will always use a false name. We will make sure that you cannot be recognised and other people will not know that you have participated in the research. Your participation in this research will be recorded in Zoom and your personal data will be processed by Zoom. This may mean that your personal data is transferred to a country outside of the European Economic Area, some of which have not yet been determined by the European Commission to have an adequate level of data protection. Appropriate legal mechanisms to ensure these transfers are compliant with the UK General Data Protection Regulation are in place. The recordings will be removed from the above third party platform and stored on University of Manchester managed file storage as soon as possible following the completion of data collection and recordings will be destroyed after a transcript has been generated.
Any information you provide (including anonymous quotes) may be published in anonymous form – including research reports, academic books or journal publications. Your email address (and other personal data) will be securely stored in a separate data store. Access to this separate data store will be limited to key study personnel. Personal details will be eliminated after the research has been completed and other anonymised information will be stored for 5 years.

What happens if I do not want to take part or if I change my mind?

Taking part in this study is your choice. You can decide not to take part in or stop being in the study at any time for any reason. We will not ask you why you have made the decision to quit. However, if you change your mind before the group discussion we would appreciate if you could let us know so we can find another participant.

Who will conduct the research?

This research project is a collaboration between the University of Manchester and Artesia Consulting Ltd.

Research activities will be led by
Cecilia Alda Vidal
PGR Human Geography
Geography/ Sustainable Consumption Institute
The University of Manchester

The wider research project will be supported by colleagues from Artesia Consulting (Rob Lawson) and University of Manchester (Alison Browne).

If you have questions, require further information or wish to withdraw from the study you can email
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If you would like to participate but are not available at the suggested dates/times, please let us know below a few dates and times that would suit you.
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