International Research Conference 2022

The USC Research Conference 2022 will address the issues of human dimensionalities and disparities in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the objectives of the Conference will be to:

  1. Address the issues of disparities across human dimensions globally and regionally
  2. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the physical, social, economic, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people globally and in the context of the Caribbean region
  3. Discuss the disparities faced by the vulnerable populations globally and in the Caribbean region
  4. Provide innovative solutions/interventions to address human problems and disparities under COVID-19 pandemic

Call for Abstracts

The Department of Research and Innovation invites submission of an abstract of 250 words on the theme - Human Dimensionalities and Disparities: The Impact of COVID-19 on Physical, Social, Economic, Emotional and Spiritual Well Being

The abstract should include:

  1. Title
  2. Aim/Objectives of the study
    Methodology – research design, target population, data collection methods and analysis
  3. Major Findings
  4. Outcomes/Implications
  5. Keywords: 4-5 key words

Suggested Sub-Themes

We welcome contributions on a wide range of topics, including but certainly not limited to the pandemic's impact on:

EDUCATION

  1. Disparities in access to learning resources in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in the Caribbean and across the world – consequences, challenges, intervention, innovative solutions
  2. Impact of the variability of Teacher & Student readiness for online teaching & learning
  3. Transitioning and adapting to online education for primary, secondary, and tertiary levels – challenges, best practices, success stories
  4. Virtual learning and working parents amid COVID-19
  5. Innovation and creativity in delivering quality education for practical training during the COVID-19 pandemic 

BUSINESS

  1. Economic repercussions of COVID-19 on the global market, employment, productivity, working remotely
  2. Managing small, medium, and large business and service enterprises during pandemic – transforming business to adapt to change
  3. Accessibility to digital financial services – challenges, best practice, case studies
  4. COVID-19 Management Guidelines resource allocation in the Caribbean and internationally
  5. The constraints of the Economic Fall-out from COVID-19 

COMMUNICATION

  1. ‘Fake’ news in times of COVID-19 pandemic – disinformation and misinformation
  2. Infodemic & News Media ‘hype’ on COVID-19 – spread of rumours, stigma, public fear, uncertainty, and conspiration theories
  3. Journalism during pandemic - Freedom of expression, basis for credibility, racial disparities
  4. Crowdsourcing and data sharing during pandemic
  5. Minimizing workplace exposure through design and engineering control

HEALTH, NUTRITION AND ALLIED HEALTH

  1. Global health threat on nutrition and wellness in communities
  2. Healthcare and nutrition in COVID-19 era – availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability
  3. Life in quarantine
  4. Health and lifestyle behaviors during pandemic
  5. COVID-19 and telehealth, virtual medical doctors, alternative medicine, traditional healers, and home-remedies

MEDICAL SCIENCES

  1. Exposure and prevention for COVID-19 Essential Workers, health professionals, occupational therapists, physiotherapists
  2. COVID-19 and comorbidities, Post-Traumatic Syndrome, other infectious outbreaks, pregnancies, and neonatal health – risks, realities, and research needs
  3. Clinical aspects, treatment, care, and management of COVID-19 patients
  4. Examination of the effects of hydroxychloroquine and other drugs in preventing infection and progression of the COVID-19
  5. Ethical issues of contact tracing and testing in workplace and communities
  6. Clinical trials in vulnerable populations including children, indigenous groups and ethnic minorities

ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONAL SECURITY

  1. Building cultures of excellence during crisis, lockdown, and transition
  2. Organizational continuity, resiliency, role of transformative leaders during pandemic – trends, challenges, and triumphs
  3. Border crisis, migration trends and power struggle during pandemic
  4. Disparities and corruption in humanitarian AID in middle- and low income countries during pandemic
  5. COVID-19 and food security, tourism, crime, and violence across borders

RELIGION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

  1. COVID-19 and response of religious institutions/groups to pandemic challenges to faith and morality
  2. Online religious services – transition and adaption to new normal
  3. Demographic factors and impact on exposure to and recovery from COVID 19 in theCaribbean and across the world
  4. Perceptions toward various domains of life – (social, emotional, psychological, financial, physical, health and nutritional, social networking, religiosity/spirituality); on institutions, organizations, government, and corporate sectors)

RELIGION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (Cont'd)

  1. Occupation-based experiences - frontline health workers vs. essential workers vs.work from home vs. homemakers, gendered responses
  2. Boredom, mental depression, crime and violence during pandemic
  3. Impact of lockdown/curfew on different groups of people (children, elderly, adolescents, working class, elite, businessmen, government workers)
  4. Limin’ and social gathering in COVID-19 era
  5. Post-lockdown experiences-the new normal
  6. Response to COVID-19 by indigenous governance and groups, ethnic minorities

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022

For all inquiries contact: research@usc.edu.tt or call +1 (868) 662-2241/42 exts. 1655/1012

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