The COVID-19 Wellbeing Study

Perceived coercion and psychological wellbeing

The COVID-19 Wellbeing Study is a study looking at perceived coercion and psychological wellbeing arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, in both the general population and key workers.


The aim of the COVID-19 Wellbeing Study is to explore individuals' lived experiences and perceptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to understand how these experiences, and other background factors, have impacted on your perceptions of coercion and psychological wellbeing.

The study has been ethically approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee as application 7335/004

Online survey

We would like to invite you to take part in our online survey. This survey will ask about your perceptions of coercion, psychological wellbeing, coping methods and circumstances.

We will also ask for your permission to contact you to repeat a shorter version of the survey in a few months’ time.

Qualitative study

We would like to invite a sample of individuals to take part in an online focus group (asynchronous virtual focus group) or individual interview.

The aim of this sub-study is to better understand how these experiences, and other background factors, have impacted on your perceptions of coercion and psychological wellbeing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic or working as a key worker during the pandemic.


The study is led by:

Dr Veronica Ranieri,
Ms Andrea Stoltenberg,
Prof Sarah Edwards,
Prof Sunjeev K. Kamboj,
Dr Elena Pizzo,
Ms Margot Blackman

University College London, with our collaborators in:


A/Prof Bridget Hamilton, The University of Melbourne

Prof Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Flinders University


Mr Bart Thomas, Ghent University Hospital

Mr Peter Cosemans, Vivo Social Profit, Brussels

Czech Republic

A/Prof Jaroslav Pekara,
Medical College, Prague


Dr Kevin McKenna, Dundalk Institute of Technology


Dr Emanuele Bizzi, Fatebenefratelly Hospital, Rome

Dr Chiara Montaldo, Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive Lazzaro Spallanzani, Rome


A/Prof Roger Almvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Prof Nasim Chaudry, Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning

Dr Muqaddas Rajput, Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning


A/Prof Jakub Lickiewicz, Jagiellonian University Medical College Krakow.


Mr Antonio Ferreira, Casa de Saude do Telhal, Lisbon

Dr Isabel Marques, Universidade Católica Portuguesa Lisbon


Prof. Hülya Bilgin, Istanbul University

Dr. Zeynep Zonp ZONP Özaslan, Kocaeli University

Ms Cemile Hurrem Ayhan Balik, Istanbul University


Ms Rakhshi Memon, University College London

Prof Nusrat Husain, The University of Manchester

Prof Joy Duxbury, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Alina Haines, Manchester Metropolitan University

Prof Brian Littlechild, University of Hertfordshire


Should you encounter any difficulties during the survey, please contact:

Dr Veronica Ranieri

Should you have queries regarding the overall conduct of the study, please contact

Prof Sunjeev Kamboj

Prof Sarah Edwards