Why lockdown students are short-changed

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released research findings into the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Higher Education students, in collaboration with Universities UK, Public Health England, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education as well as a selection of universities. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates the… Read more »

The intergenerational effects of air pollution

Exposure to higher levels of air pollution among mothers affects the likelihood of their grandchildren going to university 40 years later, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). IF intern Hugh Nicholl looks at the implications of these findings from an intergenerational perspective and asks what the government’s… Read more »

Could an age-segregated lockdown work?

Statistical modelling shows there is a trade-off between the disadvantages of isolating the older members of society and protecting them as the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Essentially, better outcomes could result by treating the generations differently. It’s a thorny intergenerational issue, as IF Research Intern Ellie Maher explains

The asymmetric intergenerational impact of COVID: the Italian case

Worrying intergenerational divides were already apparent in Italy following the recent double-dip financial crises, and these can only have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Analysis by Luciano Monti, Adjunct Professor of European Union Policies at LUISS Guido Carli (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) in Rome, and Scientific co-director of  the Bruno Visentini Foundation, a research… Read more »

Plagues and Intergenerational Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that future generations have to be protected by wise precautions – both medically and economically. Jörg Tremmel, professor at the Institute of Political Science at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, shows how intergenerational interests are served by an assertive vaccination policy.

Fairy tales and reality: making sense of COVID-19 in Italy

Children in Italy have had a baffling time in the topsy-turvy world of COVID-19. How are they going to cope with the new normal, and what echoes of it will reverberate in the long-term future? Martin Solly, professor at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, envisages the pandemic through… Read more »

Room to breathe? How the COVID-19 lockdown highlights age inequalities in living space

The draconian social-distancing rules which are now in the place in the UK are forcing people to remain indoors most of the time, a restriction which is likely to be much harder to bear for young families living in overcrowded conditions, argues David Kingman At first glance, it could seem as though almost every household… Read more »