17 Nov 2015
Study to tackle ‘transient loneliness’
Professor Mike Wilson from the School of the Arts, English and Drama is leading a national research project exploring ‘transient loneliness’, which affects increasing numbers of people from migrants and carers to students and lone workers.
As many as one in 10 people in the UK are lonely. Transient loneliness typically affects people who are temporarily separated from family and friends and undergo important life transitions or disruptions such as: migrant workers moving to the UK for employment, students who leave home to study, lone workers, and those who find themselves in the position of needing to provide full-time care to a family member.
Such groups are thought to be more vulnerable to periods of loneliness and may be less likely to take steps to deal with it.
The study Loneliness in the Digital Age: Building Strategies for Empathy and Trust will explore transient loneliness and how technical interventions might help relieve feelings of isolation.