Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network (ICWBN) to study the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children in Ireland and the United Kingdom

This project aims to bring together academics and practitioners from the four nations of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland to establish an interdisciplinary research network to study the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated policy responses, on children in the two countries and beyond. The new Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network (ICWBN) will pool theories, evidence and methodological approaches from across the social sciences to study the medium- and longer-term consequences of the pandemic for children’s living standards as well as their outcomes in health, cognitive- and socio-behavioural development, educational attainment and achievement, and subjective well-being.

The project is jointly headed by the Irish PI, Dr Yekaterina Chzhen and the UK PI, Dr Julia Mikolai.


We welcome new Network members (individuals and/or institutions), so if you are interested to join the network, please get in touch with us.






This project was funded by UK Research and Innovation-Economic and Social Research Council and the Irish Research Council under the ‘ESRC-IRC UK/Ireland Networking Grants’.