… to the "Urban Life Amidst COVID-19" website. We are pleased to know you are interested in our project and the online survey. You may access the survey here:

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Presented on this page is the survey to "Urban Life Amidst COVID-19." We are building on the project "The World Down My Street: Resources and Networks Used by City Dwellers" (2019). Here you will learn about the most important findings. We hope you will find answers to your questions on the following pages. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

What kind of research project is "Urban Life Amidst COVID-19"?

Through the survey we would like to gain greater awareness of the social consequences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the political measures taken. It is being conducted jointly by staff of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin. The Berlin University Alliance is funding the research until the end of 2020. Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland (Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies [GSZ], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Dr. Johanna Hoerning (Technische Universität Berlin) are leading the project. The survey is an extension of the ongoing research project "The World Down My Street", set to end in December 2021. It is part of the Collaborative Research Center's "Re-Figuration of Spaces" (SFB 1265), which is funded by the German Research Foundation.

What are we investigating?

Before COVID-19, we were interested in how Berliners deal with everyday challenges: Where do they get their social support from? Do they find social support at specific places (e.g. clubs, pubs, bars or restaurants) in- or outside their neighborhoods? What are the various opportunities people have access to? And does it matter where they live in the city? However, the COVID-19 pandemic and current measures to contain the virus have all of a sudden disrupted the everyday life of countless people. This survey is to help understand how Berliners are coping with this situation.

Who can take the survey?

Persons aged 18 and older who live in Berlin and the surrounding area can participate. The surrounding area includes fare zone C of the public transport system in Berlin.

What is the aim of the survey and why should I participate?

The current life and worries of many people cannot be easily uncovered by an online questionnaire. However, such a survey does allow the querying of very many people, which, for example, would hardly be possible with one-to-one interviews. For this reason, we would greatly appreciate it if you decide to join us in this online survey. Only with your contribution can we say at the end that we understand somewhat better how Berliners are now faring overall.

How is the survey being conducted?

This survey is conducted online and analysed anonymously. You can access our survey by clicking on the following link:


To this end, the Berlin State Office for Citizen and Public Order Affairs has on our behalf taken the step to randomly select approximately 9000 people from 6 different neighborhoods (see "What happens to my data").

In addition, we have written to about 500 people who participated in the project's first survey "The World Down My Street" last year and expressed interest in taking part in another survey.

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We selected 6 different neighborhoods for the survey in order to obtain a broader perspective of the situation in Berlin. These are neighborhoods in the east and west of the city as well as in the city center and the outskirts. In addition, those in Berlin who found our website by other means can also join the survey.

What happens to my data?

The addresses of those whom we contacted by post were drawn at random by the State Office for Citizens' and Public Order Affairs within the 6 neighborhoods. The drawing of a random sample for scientific investigations by the State Office is carried out in accordance to Article 85 of the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), § 17 of the Berlin Data Protection Act (BlnDSG), §§ 34, 46, 49 of the Federal Registration Act (BMG). The addresses that have been forwarded to us are only used for contact purposes and will not be further processed or transmitted to third parties.

The survey will be analysed anonymously. All information is to be treated in strict confidence, evaluated solely for scientific purposes and will not be passed on to third parties. The collecting of data complies with the data protection legislation of Berlin and the guidelines of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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