Understanding Southwark: Daily life and the impact of COVID-19 across the borough

In spring 2020, as London went into lockdown, Social Life began a year-long research project exploring the experiences of people living across Southwark to see how their lives were affected by change and how their experiences were being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research, commissioned by Southwark Council, explores the impact of COVID-19 on partcular groups and neighbourhoods, including six areas going through change: Camberwell, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, Peckham and Walworth and the social housing estates in Dulwich.

The aim of this year-long research was to help shape the Council's neighbourhood and social regeneration work in the future, and to inform strategies to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities across the borough.

The research shows how existing challenges were amplified by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting both the inequalities present across the borough and also the valuable assets that supported communities during this time of crisis.

Read the summary of the Understanding Southwark research here

The full detail of the research in six areas is available here 

The report of our work with young people is here

Southwark Stories brings together the voices of Southwark residents who took part in walking interviews with our team.

Download the full publication