Announcing the Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant Recipients

The Social Science Research Council’s Just Tech program responds to a critical need in the technology ecosystem, empowering a diverse network of scholars and practitioners to imagine and create more equitable and representative technological futures. With the support of the MacArthur and Ford Foundations, Just Tech has awarded rapid-response grants to research projects that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by technology in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, with focused attention to issues of power, inequality, and social impact.

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The following are recipients of Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants:

Covid-19 Social Impact Scenarios: Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Technical System Outputs and Policymaking

Principal Investigators

Joshua E. Blumenstock

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Zoe Kahn

PhD Student, University of California, Berkeley

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Algorithmic Work, Vulnerable Bodies: Instant Delivery Workers and Turkey’s Public Health Crisis during Covid-19

Principal Investigator

Ergin Bulut

Associate Professor, Koç University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Technological Transitions in the US Local Food System in Response to Covid-19

Principal Investigator

Andrew Flachs

Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Singapore’s Surveillance Experiments on Low-Wage Migrant Worker Dormitories: Implications for Singapore and Other Nations

Principal Investigators

Monamie B. Haines

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Laavanya Kathiravelu

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Junjia Ye

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Remote Access: a digital archive

Principal Investigator

Aimi Hamraie

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

The Unsettling of Old Norms by a New World of Covid-19 Public Health Surveillance

Principal Investigator

Paul Harpur

Associate Professor, University of Queensland Law School

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Pandemic Technologies, Inequalities, and Social Solidarity: A Qualitative, Longitudinal Study of Ecuador's Covid-19 Emergency

Principal Investigators

Michael D. Hill

Professor of Anthropology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Consuelo Fernández-Salvador

Associate Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Complicating the Digital Divide among First-Gen College Students: How Covid-19 Impacted Academic and Career Persistence

Principal Investigators

Olivia D. Johnson

Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Tomika Greer

Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Barbara Stewart

Professor, University of Houston

Holly Hutchins

Professor, University of Houston

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Divergent Spaces: Digital Platforms, Gentrification, and Neighborhood Organizing during Covid-19 in NYC

Principal Investigator

Jordan Kraemer

Associate, NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, New York University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Race, Risk, & Remote Organizing: Asian Workers’ Movement Building during Covid-19

Principal Investigator

Rachel Kuo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Homophobic Covid-19 Surveillance on Social Media in South Korea

Principal Investigator

Jin Lee

Research Fellow, Curtin University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Covid-19 and New Norms of Surveillance: BIPOC Perspectives on Public Health

Principal Investigators

Jessa Lingel

Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Ngan

Service Designer Strategist, City of Philadelphia's Service Design Studio

August (Bo) Guang

Data Scientist, Brown University

Feini Yin

Journalist, WHYY

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Landlord Tech Watch

Principal Investigator

Erin M. McElroy

Postdoctoral Researcher, New York University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Pandemic, Technology, Family Socioeconomic Backgrounds, and the Impact of Covid-19 in Ghana

Principal Investigator

Mark Obeng

Lecturer, University of Ghana, Legon

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

“When Will the Vaccine Arrive?” Expectations and Misinformation over Covid-19 Vaccines on Social Media in Colombia

Principal Investigator

Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Raga

Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Disconnection, Digital Resilience, and Differently Abled Communities in the Covid-19 Pandemic Indonesia and Vietnam

Principal Investigators

Abdul Rohman

Lecturer and Researcher, RMIT

Dyah Pitaloka

Independent Researcher, Ronin Institute

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Contact Tracing Fake News: Ethnographic Analysis of Covid-19 Misinformation in Three Global Communities at Risk

Principal Investigators

Nicole E. Rosner

Postdoctoral Fellow and Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago

Luisa Rivera

PhD Candidate, Emory University

Lis Blanco

PhD Candidate, State University of Campinas

Christof Brandtner

Postdoctoral Scholar and Fellow, University of Chicago

Aline Nascimento

Doctoral Candidate, Social Anthropology, National Museum in Rio de Janeiro

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

A Room with ICD10: Navigating Vulnerability and Shelter through the Electronic Medical Record during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Principal Investigator

Naomi C. Schoenfeld

Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on Gig Economy Work in India

Principal Investigator

Balwant Singh Mehta

Senior Fellow, Institute For Human Development

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Covid-19 and Noncommunicable Diseases: A Case Study on Bangladesh

Principal Investigator

Shamim H. Talukder

Chief Executive Officer, Eminence Associates for Social Development

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

American’s Perceptions of Privacy and Surveillance in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Principal Investigators

Baobao Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Society of Fellows

Sarah Kreps

Professor, Cornell University

Nina McMurry

PhD Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laurin Weissinger

Cyber Security Fellow and Lecturer, Yale Law School

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Fall 2020

Addressing African American Infant Mortality Using Technology during the Covid-19 Crisis

Principal Investigators

Cyleste Collins

Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University

Heather Rice

Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

Covid-19 and the Education Crisis in the Global South: Digital Divide in Public University Students and Teachers in Colombia

Principal Investigators

Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera

Assistant Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Johanna Vásquez Velásquez

Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

The One with the Rumor: Diffusion of Covid-19-Related Misinformation in Pakistani Twitter Conversations

Principal Investigators

Ali Usman Qasmi

Associate Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Nousheen Zaidi

Associate Professor, University of the Punjab

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

Resilient Latinos: Educational Pathways and Careers in the Age of Covid-19

Principal Investigators

Pamela Quiroz

Executive Director, Inter-University Program on Latino Research

Maira Alvarez

Director, IUPLR Houston Office

Jeronimo Cortina

Associate Professor, University of Houston

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

Policing Race and Place During a Pandemic: A Multi-City Study of Police Contact During Covid-19

Principal Investigators

Jessica Simes

Assistant Professor, Boston University

Jaquelyn Jahn

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

Covid-19, Precarity, and the Counternarratives of PSWs: Photovoice and Change

Principal Investigator

Patricia Van Katwyk

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

How Covid-19 Is Changing Workplace Surveillance: American Workers’ Experiences and Privacy Expectations When Working from Home

Principal Investigators

Jessica Vitak

Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Michael Zimmer

Associate Professor, Marquette University

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

Civil Liberties in the Time of Health and Economic Crises

Principal Investigator

David Yang

Prize Fellow in History, Economics and Politics, National Bureau of Economic Research

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant – Summer 2020

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