Towards a 'virtual' world: Social isolation and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic as single women living alone

Grace Gao, Linna Sai

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This paper is a personal reflection of how the current COVID-19 pandemic affects our working lives and well-being, as single female academics who live alone in the U.K. We offer a dialogue of our daily lives of being confined at home with lockdown measures extended. In particular we focus on the experience of, and coping with, isolation and loneliness. Is isolation making us more socially connected? Through ‘virtual’ working and changing learning environments for us as teachers and learners, we explore changes in our working life and subsequent changes in the domestic environment. By capturing our lived experiences, we create an intellectual and safe space to voice our emotional struggles – as ‘invisible’ isolated individuals containing and consuming loneliness on our own. We foster alternative conversations as to how we might engender new perspectives from single female academics to combat social isolation in the workplace.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Early online date14 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 May 2020


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