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Engaging with Parliament as a researcher around COVID-19

There are various actions which academics and researchers can take to contribute their expertise and insights to the UK Parliament related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts.  The activities on this page are the most targeted, impactful ways that researchers can engage with Parliament on the COVID-19 outbreak at the moment.

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Contribute evidence to select committee inquiries on aspects of COVID-19 outbreak

One of the main ways that Parliament scrutinises the work of Government is through select committees.  More information on the work of select committees can be found here.  There are usually various select committee inquiries relating to COVID-19 and its impacts open for submissions of written evidence.  

You can browse every select committee inquiry currently open for evidence, both related and unrelated to COVID-19.

You can submit written evidence to any inquiry relevant to your area of expertise.  Advice on submitting evidence can be found here.

Contribute relevant COVID-19 research to Parliament's ARI repository

Using insights from the survey of experts on the COVID-19 outbreak expert database, POST has developed UK Parliament's first Areas of Research Interest (ARIs).  ARIs are lists of policy issues or questions.  They are a way for an organisation to express interest in seeing more research evidence in certain topics.  UK Parliament's COVID-19 ARIs are now publicly available.  Experts conducting research related to these ARIs are invited to add information about current or future research to a repository that may be used to inform the work of UK Parliament in the future.

Work with MPs and Peers

Research and expertise on the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts could be used by MPs and members of the House of Lords (Peers) to help them undertake their roles of scrutinising Government policy, debating pressing issues and passing laws.  Many MPs and Peers have staff working for them, helping them access research and information. 


Engage with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus


Shape your research project proposal, research, or dissemination of findings so as to be helpful to Parliament

If you are considering drafting a research project proposal relating to COVID-19 or its impacts, or are conducting research in a relevant area, or are keen to find out more around disseminating your research findings in Parliament, please take a look at the briefing we have produced to support you with this: "A short guide to producing research to support UK Parliament".  


Use research publications from Parliament on the COVID-19 outbreak

The House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and POST are producing research and analysis on the COVID-19 outbreak.


Keep up to date with parliamentary activity on the COVID-19 outbreak

Read the latest coronavirus information including news, committee inquiries, research and analysis from UK Parliament

Sign up to the POST mailing list to receive COVID-19 content and engagement opportunities via email.


COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database

From March - June 2020, Parliament invited people with expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts (for example, on welfare, employment, education and other key areas) to sign up to a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.  This database is now closed to registrations. Almost 5,500 experts registered to contribute to Parliament's response to COVID-19.

How the database is being used

Parliamentary staff, Members of both Houses and their staff are using this database to rapidly contact experts and gain their insights on different areas relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts.

How else the database has been used

In April, over 1100 experts on this database responded to a survey put out by POST which asked them to share their immediate, short, medium and long term concerns relating to COVID-19 and its impacts. Having analysed the responses, and determined there to be 15 broad areas of concern, POST has published syntheses in these 15 areas.  

The 15 areas of concern are listed here, along with the methodology for both conducting the survey and synthesising the insights.

The 15 syntheses have been published on POST's Horizon Scanning pages.

Those who said they would be happy to be publicly acknowledged for their input into the survey are listed here.

Engaging with the Devolved Administrations


Find out more about the research services of the Devolved Administrations:

Researchers' stories


Find out first-hand what it's like to engage with Parliament from academics who have done so.

Researchers' stories