The Ubele Initiative has partnered with University College London’s Bartlett Development Planning Unit and FOAM20 to bring you “Navigating Space Under Lockdown” – a collaborative, mixed methods research project, documenting the perspectives and experiences of Black and racially minoritised young adults (aged 18 to 35) in England.

Responding to a gap in current understandings, the project explored how young Black and minoritised people’s experiences of home, work, mobility, community and well-being have been affected by the pandemic and by prolonged periods of lockdown.

With the support and guidance of 12 peer researchers, the project reached out to over 200 young adults from across England. A short film and podcast series capture the diverse voices and experiences of this age group, navigating space under lockdown.

The Ubele Initiative has partnered with University College London’s Bartlett Development Planning Unit and FOAM20 to bring you “Navigating Space Under Lockdown” – a collaborative, mixed methods research project, documenting the perspectives and experiences of Black and racially minoritised young adults (aged 18 to 35) in England.

Responding to a gap in current understandings, the project explored how young Black and minoritised people’s experiences of home, work, mobility, community and well-being have been affected by the pandemic and by prolonged periods of lockdown.

With the support and guidance of 12 peer researchers, the project reached out to over 200 young adults from across England. A short film and podcast series capture the diverse voices and experiences of this age group, navigating space under lockdown.

1 %
dissatisfied with their work-life balance
1 %
perceived depression levels were high
1 %
perceived levels of isolation were high
1 %
had accessed mental health support

We developed a pilot survey to quantify the impacts of COVID-19 and related lock-down measures on young Black and racially minoritised communities in cities in England.

Using Maptionnaire, a web-based participatory mapping tool, we explored how the pandemic has impacted people’s experiences of home, work, mobility, community and well-being. 

The research areas and Maptionnaire questions were shaped with the support of the NSUL’s 12 volunteer researchers.

Over 150 young adults from across England responded to the survey over a period of 3 weeks in February-March 2021.  

We developed a pilot survey to quantify the impacts of COVID-19 and related lock-down measures on young Black and racially minoritised communities in cities in England.

Using Maptionnaire, a web-based participatory mapping tool, we explored how the pandemic has impacted people’s experiences of home, work, mobility, community and well-being. 

The research areas and Maptionnaire questions were shaped with the support of the NSUL’s 12 volunteer researchers.

Over 150 young adults from across England responded to the survey over a period of 3 weeks in February-March 2021.  

After a series of meetings via Zoom (Nov 2020 – Feb 2021) the connections and conversations led to the development of a six episode podcast series. Here you can hear directly from the young people involved in the project.