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Principal Investigators


Our principal investigators for this project are:


  1. Cindy Cheng, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich
  2. Luca Messerschmidt, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich

Co-Principal investigators for this project are:


  1. Joan Barceló, New York University Abu Dhabi
  2. Vanja Grujic, Universidade de Brasília
  3. Allison Spencer Hartnett, University of Southern California
  4. Robert Kubinec, New York University Abu Dhabi
  5. Timothy A. Model, Havighurst Fellow at the Miami University
  6. Caress Schenk, Nazarbayev University



Project Managers


This role is responsible for the selection, training, allocation, and monitoring of research assistants.

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Senior Research Assistant Managers


In this role, the RA is responsible for the integration and onboarding of new RAs into the project as well as the general wellbeing of the assigned RAs.

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Regional and Country Managers


This role comes along with the responsibility of leading a group of RAs. It involves the oversight and support of RAs as well as the conduction of regular performance and activity appraisals to guarantee the development of a consistent and up-to-date dataset.

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Data Validation Team


This role involves re-coding data previously collected by other RAs and requires high expertise in coding and knowledge of the codebook.

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Data Cleaning Team


This role requires the RA to use R-Studio in order to clean errors that were detected in the policy entries.

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Data Science Team


The work of data scientists at CoronaNet consists of the technical management of the rapidly evolving database and the analysis of the large amount of data the RAs are collecting.

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Website Team


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Research Assistants


Research assistants identify information on government policies made in response to COVID-19 from various sources and document them following the procedures and classification scheme outlined in the CoronaNet codebook.

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