20 projects

Support in the Luxembourg for app-based contact tracing of Covid-19 A longitudinal study using an...

In absence of cure, a lockdown exit strategy requires non-medical interventions such as social distancing to contain Covid-19 diffusion. Innovative apps for smartphones have been proposed to contain new outbreaks by quickly alert people in case of contact with infected people. Various technical solutions are available, but the basic idea is that an app in the mobile phone registers other users of the app in close proximity. If an app user is diagnosed with the coronavirus, all people who have recently been in close proximity to this person are notified immediately. Despite the evident adva...

Evaluation of the risk factors to COVID-19 among the population 50+

In this project, we aim to evaluate the relationship between characteristics of the individuals aged 50 and above and their vulnerability to COVID-19. Although individuals aged 50+ do not represent the entire population, they have been identified as the most vulnerable group to COVID-19. We will start the analysis by studying the composition of this population group in Luxembourg (in terms of well-known and potential risk factors). As a next step, we will do the same exercise for other European countries to better understand the diversity in the prevalence of risk factors across countries a...

Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on employment participation of older workers

The objective of this project is to investigate the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on the employment participation of older workers in Luxembourg. Due to demographics shifts, improving the employment participation of older workers is essential in order to sustain the pension insurance system. In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, older workers need particular attention as the labor market is affected in a profound way. First, since the crisis, many employees are able to work remotely. However, sectors where telework is not a practical option such as construction, real estate, manufa...

Modeling the macroeconomic and distributional effects of Covid-19 and restarting scenarios (MODVid)

MODVid is a set of four complementary and interdependent work packages involving 6 PI's and about 20 partners from Unilu, STATEC, LISER and international institutions. Two WP's aim to inform public decisions during the crisis. They provide estimates of the macroeconomic, distributional, and epidemiological effects of the crisis and of restarting scenarios in Luxembourg. These outputs will be delivered within one to two months. Other WP's aim to inform public decisions in the aftermath of the crisis. They address medium-term effects on the industry and occupational structure of the labor for...

Emerging spatial interactions in cities, towns and rural landscapes at a time of crises

This project will explore emerging spatial interactions in our towns, cities and rural areas during social distancing measures. New knowledge outlining the evolving uses of public spaces and infrastructures is essential to support our understanding of the unintended consequences of epidemic control decisions. As well as providing a discourse for public dialogue. We will gather an evidence base to inform public policy on the consequences of new spatial interactions and their consequences for urban and rural environments. Our findings will answer questions and predict the impact of behavioura...

Compulsory health training for future pandemics

One of the key challenges that many countries, particularly Luxembourg, is facing during the pandemic is the shortage of health practitioners. Without a doubt being trained in health practice has lots of restrictions, rules, and regulations as it is concerned with lives of human beings. Nevertheless, what I'm suggesting here needs lots of refinement and consultations with health experts/professionals to draw out a final applicable solution. The basic idea is that since this pandemic, as many politicians have put it out, is a war against humanity, I'm suggesting that we prepare our citizens ...

Effect of the Pandemic on Air and Maritime traffic and the Atmosphere (EPAMA)

We will use existing databases to study the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic onto air and maritime traffic and consequently onto the atmosphere. Through this, the socio-economic and environmental impact of the disease can be better understood. This help to prepare for the future. In addition, it helps to understand what impact traffic has onto the atmosphere.

Perceived economic vulnerability and intra-household behaviour adjustment (ADJUST)

The project ADJUST aims at mapping and analysing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying quarantine measures on social inequalities in Luxembourg. Theoretically, it seeks to advance the international research agenda in response to the pandemic by particularly scrutinising its short- and medium-term effects on social inequalities on the micro level, i.e. on individuals and households. It particularly focuses on strategies developed within the households in order to contain vulnerability, and their societal implications. The overall hypothesis is that pandemic leads to the reorga...

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