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Work in the Time of Corona

While platforms market gig work as an opportunity for entrepreneurship and as a fall-back option during periods of unemployment, the current coronavirus pandemic -- and the importance of social distancing -- suggests that gig employment might not be a solution during times of national crisis. This mixed methods research project will utilize in-depth interviews and demographic surveys (conducted remotely) with up to 100 gig workers in NYC affiliated to examine how workers are experiencing the virus and how it is impacting their lives and livelihoods.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 99 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive


  • Compensation


100% remote (online, phone, text)

What will be asked of you :

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a short demographic survey and participate in a one-on-one interview, which will be conducted remotely. As a token of gratitude for your time, you will be given a $25 electronic gift card incentive at the conclusion of the interview and survey.

Incentive :

$25 Amazon gift card

Phone or online visits : up to 3
Total length of participation : 2 hours

Looking for Healthy Volunteers

Requirements for healthy volunteers are different than for those with a specific condition. If you are interested in becoming a healthy volunteer for this study, use the below categories to determine if you are able to participate.

Able to participate :

  • You are a gig or temporary worker
  • You are in NYC

Not eligible if :

  • none

Contact the Team


  •  Alexandrea Ravenelle

100% remote (online, phone, text)

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Alexandrea Ravenelle

Study Type

Behavioral or Social

Study Topics

Healthy Volunteer
Opinions and Perceptions
Social or Workplace Dynamics

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