About this project
The project investigates questions of public health, media and communication among residents of Edinburgh and the Lothians in relation to COVID-19. The project draws on individuals’ personal accounts of the pandemic, in the form of video/audio diary data recorded during the UK stay-at-home order.
The intimate, immediate, and spontaneous nature of video/audio diaries makes them a unique data resource for assessing drivers of individual experience, including:
- acceptance and uptake of public health measures,
- impacts on mental health, and
- drivers of fears, anxieties, rumours and stigma.
We will create a large, online collection of personal video and audio diaries, which represent time-sensitive data of individuals’ raw experiences, and are context-sensitive to aspects of identity, demographics, and background.
The Lothian Diary Project is made possible by a cross-school collaboration among data scientists, linguists, psychotherapists, and political scientists. It was part-funded by the University of Edinburgh’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Award (grant reference ES/T50189X/1).