The dynamics of trust before, during, and after the COVID-19 outbreak

Cary Wu, York University

Trust is essential to the containment of epidemics. Only if people are sufficiently trusting can governments and health officials organize and implement effective responses. Populations with little confidence in public officials and health agencies are less likely to comply with prevention and control measures. People also need to trust each other, if they are to work together to mitigate the impacts of an epidemic. In this project, we study the relationship between the COVID-19 outbreak and three kinds of trust: institutional trust (e.g., trust in government and trust in health agencies), social trust (e.g., social capital and generalized trust in others), and outgroup trust (ethnic and racial relations).

Research published/presented:

Wu, Cary, Yue Qian, Rima Wilkes. Forthcoming. Anti-Asian discrimination and the Asian-white mental health gap during COVID-19Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Wu, Cary et al. Forthcoming. Citizen satisfaction with government performance during the COVID-19 pandemic in ChinaJournal of Contemporary China.

Wu, Cary. 2020. Social capital and COVID-19: A multidimensional and multilevel approachChinese Sociological Review, 1-28.

Wu, Cary and Wilkes, Rima and Qian, Yue and Kennedy, Eric B. 2020. Acute discrimination and East Asian-white mental health gap during COVID-19 in CanadaCanadian Diversity, 17(3): 61-65.

 Wu, Cary. 2020. How Chinese citizens view their government’s coronavirus responseThe Conversation.

Makridis, Christos and Wu, CaryHow social capital helps communities weather the COVID-19 pandemicPlos One (R&R)

Wu, Cary, Rima Wilkes, Malcolm Fairbrother, and Giuseppe Giordano. 2020. Social capital, trust, and state coronavirus testingContexts.

Funding Agency: CIHR

Co-investigators: Rima Wilkes (UBC), Malcolm Fairbrother (Umeå University, Sweden), Giuseppe (Nick) Giordano (Lund University, Sweden), Jan Mewes (Lund University, Sweden), Zhilei Shi (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China), Bo Chen (Wuhan University, China),

Contact: Cary Wu

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