26 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...

Earth Observation Data for Epidemic Management (EODEM)

Previous experience with using Earth Observation (EO) data for monitoring and mitigating the spread of the Ebola virus shows that EO data can be an important tool in the response to global pandemics such as COVID-19. Indeed, in the European Union, Copernicus data is already being used to monitor the various effects of COVID-19 and the response to it. This project seeks to build on these experiences to understand how EO capabilities and resources can be implemented to better manage epidemics and pandemics as well as what measures are needed to protect from the wrongful uses of these resource...

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...

ReDesign Europe - Post-Pandemic Paradigm Change in EU Law

This project aims to respond to the vacuum of sound legal rules and principles into which decision-makers risk to sink while developing constructive trajectories for the post-pandemic crisis legislation. Such vacuum places significant risks to the legal frameworks that have governed our societies in the context of European integration, under the changes prompted by reactions to the crisis

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 ...

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