Understanding Southwark

Social Life has been asked by Southwark Council to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on everyday life, and how people feel about their local neighbourhoods.

The work will start in June 2020 and run into Spring of 2021. We will be exploring the impact over time of the pandemic, and its social and economic aftershock, focusing on six parts of the borough - Camberwell, Dulwich, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, Peckham and Walworth. We are interested in the consquences for daily life and how people feel about their local neighbourhoods and communities.

This builds on a number of different reserach studies we have carried out in the north of the borough, in Rotherhithe; around the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey; on the Aylesbury Estate and most recently exploring the area affected by the St Thomas Street development. Our work will feed into the social regeneration charters that Southwark is developing across the borough.

As well as our in-depth work in these six areas, we will also be carrying out residents survey, and a business survey, to look across Southwark at how lives and businesses have been affected by COVID-19.