Young Adults in the COVID-19 Pandemic (COV-identities)
Project Period: 2020 – ongoing
This project takes the unprecedented chance to accompany young adults throughout the period of uncertainty that is caused by the COVID-19-pandemic with the objective to better understand young adults’ active, flexible and innovative strategies of responding to the pandemic. The leading research question is: How are young adults making their everyday spaces, identities and futures during the COVID-19-pandemic? The project’s main objectives are to analyse how young adults are actively responding to and making their lives during the global COVID-19 pandemic and the concomitant governmental measures on a very personal level. The project team is currently collecting data comparatively on three groups of young adults: (1) pupils in their final school year (Maturant*innen) at Tyrolean schools, (2) students of vocational schools (Berufsschüler*innen) in Tyrol, and (3) University students enrolled at Universities in Tyrol. For all above-named three themes, we seek to analyse the change over the course of the measures against the pandemic through a swiftly started, longitudinal research design, stretching from the beginning of the COVID-19 measures throughout the year 2020. In doing so, we seek to contribute to knowledge on the micro-level which we perceive as essential for authorities, educators and researchers to be able to assess the actual effects the measures will have had on young people.
Straganz, C. Kreh, A., Juen, B., Bork-Hüffer, T. (2020): Compliance with measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from two studies with young adults in Tyrol, Austria. In: DCNA Disaster Research Days report, 2020
- Kaufmann, K., Straganz, C. & T. Bork-Hüffer (in print): City-life No More? Young Adults’ Disrupted Urban Experiences and their Digital Mediation under Covid-19. In: Urban Planning 5 (4), DOI: 10.17645/up.v5i4.3479
- Bork-Hüffer, T., Mahlknecht, B. & A. Markl (accepted for publication): Kollektivität in und durch cON/FFlating spaces: 8 Thesen zur Emergenz, Historizität und Interaktionen in sozio-materiell-technologischen (Alltags-)Räumen [Collectivity in and through cON/FFlating spaces: 8 theses on the emergence, historicity and interactions in mundane socio-material-technological spaces]. In: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaften.
- Bork-Hüffer, T., Straganz, C. & K. Kaufmann (accepted for publication): Spatial (Im-)Mobilities of Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic (COV-IDENTITIES project). Extended abstract of the paper presented at the Online Symposium on “Disrupted Geographies or the Disruption of Geography during COVID-19”, on 7 July 2020.
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Events and Talks
- Online Symposium: “Disrupted Geographies or the Disruption of Geography during COVID-19”, 7-9 July 2020 (organisers: Carsten Butsch, Tabea Bork-Hüffer, Markus Nüsser, Nicole Aeschbach and Simon Peth)
- Talk: Bork-Hüffer, T., Straganz, C. & K. Kaufmann (2020): Spatial (Im-)Mobilities of Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic (COV-IDENTITIES project). Online Symposium on “Disrupted Geographies or the Disruption of Geography during COVID-19”, 7 July 2020.
- Talk: Kaufmann, K., Straganz, C., Mahlknecht, B. & T. Bork-Hüffer (2020): Reaching Young People During a Pandemic with Mobile Instant Messaging Interviews: Methodological Potentials for the Analysis of Socio-Material-Technological Spatialities. Virtual Symposium of the RGS Research Group Digital Geography, 1 July, 2020.
- Talk: Straganz, C. & T. Bork-Hüffer (announced): Young Adults‘ Positionality during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Annual Meeting of the Research Group Medical Geographies and the Geographies of Health, Remagen, 24 September 2020.
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- Bork-Hüffer, T. & Kaufmann, K. (2020): Young adults weathering the COVID-19 pandemic: They are not a “lost generation”! Blog entry. Transient Spaces Blog. Published on 21 April 2020. https://www.doi.org/10.34834/2019.0011
- Interview mit Tabea Bork-Hüffer im Weekend magazin, Juni 2020: Fragen zur Ausbildung in der Corona Krise | News-Redaktion der Uni Innsbruck: Alles in Ordnung? subject_09.4: Corona-Krise. Available at: https://www.uibk.ac.at/newsroom/dossiers/corona04/
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