ICS Researchers Feature in Future-Makers

FutureMakersThe sixth edition of Future-Makers is now available to read online. This issue focuses on the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities and features three articles on the collaborative and impactful research taking place at the ICS.


During the COVID-19 lockdowns, mental health professionals were particularly concerned that young LGBTQIA+ people would be trapped in queerphobic households and at greater risk of physical or psychological violence. Coming Out while Locking Down discusses the research project by Benjamin Hanckel and Shiva Chandra, which examined how young people used social media platforms to explore their identities during the lockdown.

The pandemic also highlighted the vital role played by the internet and digital access. The Importance of Digital Inclusion focuses on the collaborative research by Tanya Notley and Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath, which aimed to deliver a much richer understanding of digital participation in low-income households and develop new practices, policies, and sector-wide solutions.

Globally, one in seven people live with some type of disability. Many are neglected, vulnerable and continue to face discrimination on a daily basis. Disability in Times of COVID looks at Karen Soldatić’s research, which examined how people with disabilities fared during COVID-19, in hopes of enacting future policy change.