Research Enterprise in Covid-19 Times: Establishing the New Normal

Peter G. Waterworth


What impact has the spread of the covid-19 virus had upon research programs in universities? The virus has been resistant to government measures to restrict its spread and the resulting health crisis has led to an economic crisis which is impacting every part of the global economy. Research enterprise has been affected in many ways particularly as research resources have been diverted into medical and strategic crisis response. This paper describes the impact of the pandemic in Australia on research departments of universities and analyses the implications of this impact for researchers and writers. It draws attention to the way research commissions from government departments and grants from research funding bodies are redirecting research funds to covid related projects and away from the tradition pre-covid priorities. Finally, it describes ways that research departments and individual researchers can adjust to the new normal in the research environment


Covid-19; Research Development; Research Priorities; International Research Collaboration

Full Text:



Alon, T., Doepke, M., Olmstead-Rumsey, J., Tertilt, M. (2020). The impact of Covid-19 on gender equality. CEPR Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers, 4, 62-85.

Amano-Patiño, N., Faraglia, E., Giannitsarou, C., & Hasna, Z. (2020). Who is doing new research in the time of COVID-19? Not the female economists. Voxeu. [Online]. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from:

Baker, J., & Hunter, F. (2020). Lack of higher education vision will kill universities, says vice-chancellor. The Age, 26 June 2020. [Online]. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from:

Baker, J. (2020). China our top research partner. The Age, 22 July 2020.

Bapuji, H., de Bakker, F. G. A., Brown, J. A., Higgins, C., Rehbein, K., & Spicer, A. (2020). Business and society research in times of the corona crisis. Business & Society, 59(6), 1067–1078.

Barn, B. (2020). The digitalisation of the university. Wonkhe: British Higher Education Blog. [Online]. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from:

British Council and Oxford Economics. (2012). Higher Education - Global trends and Emerging opportunities to 2020. HE. British Council. Accessed on 1 August 2020 from

Croucher, G., & Locke, W. (2020). A post-corona virus pandemic world: some possible trends and their implications for Australian higher education. Discussion Paper of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne. Melbourne: the University of Melbourne. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from

Frederickson, M. (2020). Women are getting less research done than men during this coronavirus pandemic. The Conversation. [Online]. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from:

Grossi, G., Ho, A., & Joyce, P. G. (2020). Stretching the public purse: Budgetary responses to a global pandemic. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, 32(5), Editorial Invitation, Special issue on Stretching the Public Purse: Budgetary Responses to a Global Pandemic.

Oxford University Press. (2020). Access to OUP resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related topics. Oxford Academic Journals. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from

Rinaldi, L., Cho, C. H., Lodhia, S. K., Michelon, G., Tilt, C. A. (2020). Editorial: Accounting in times of the covid-19 pandemic: a forum for academic research. Accounting Forum, 44(3), 180-183.

Salim, H., & Waterworth, P. G. (2015). Colleagueship and professionalism in inter-institutional cooperation: international collaboration in research. Surindra Journal of Local Development, 8(1), 67-86.

Svanholm, A. G. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on study abroad: latest survey results. Educations Media Group. [Online]. Accessed on 1 August 2020 from:

Worldometer. (2020). Covid-19 Corona Virus Pandemic. [Online]. Accessed on 31 July 2020 from:



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2021 Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This journal is indexed by