Project – Social Distancing

April 2020 to Ongoing – Social Distancing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK

The aim of this research project is to explore how social distancing is being defined, perceived and practiced by national governments and household during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK.


3 December 2020 – Key informant interviews  have been completed in Bangladesh and in the UK.

27 October 2020 – The online questionnaire has closed. We will now start the second phase of our data collection through key informant interviews in each of the four countries.

31 July 2020 – The distribution of the questionnaire in Japanese commenced.

19 June 2020 – The data collection has started through the use of an online questionnaire on social distancing. This questionnaire has been distributed in Leicestershire, UK and Bhubaneswar, India. Currently, the questionnaire is also being translated into Bengali and Japanese so that it can also be distributed in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in Takatsuki city, Japan.

1 June 2020 – Pilot testing of the questionnaire on social distancing commenced.

15 May 2020 – Ethical approval from the University of Leicester was received.

April 2020 – A thorough and systematic analysis of literature on social distancing practices commenced.

29 March – The project was conceived.