Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19

How Local Leadership Can Change Our Future for the Better

By Robin Hambleton

Published

16 Oct 2020

Page count

171 pages

ISBN

978-1529215854

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Oct 2020

Page count

171 pages

ISBN

978-1529215861

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Oct 2020

Page count

171 pages

ISBN

978-1529215861

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus outbreak has rocked the world and it is widely accepted that there can be no return to the pre-pandemic society of 2019. However, many suggestions for the future of society and the planet are aimed at national governments, international bodies and society in general.

Drawing on a decade of research by an internationally renowned expert, this book focuses on how cities and communities can lead the way in developing recovery strategies that promote social, economic and environmental justice.

It offers new thinking tools for civic leaders and activists as well as practical suggestions on how we can co-create a more inclusive post COVID-19 future for us all.

"Both thoughtful and practical, Hambleton offers a powerful agenda for local leadership in achieving a sustainable and inclusive future." Networking For A Purpose

“Robin Hambleton makes a passionate case for the importance of place-based leadership in post-pandemic reconstruction. Scholarly and practical, it is a must-read guide to putting people and planet first.” David Towell, Centre for Inclusive Futures

“A cogent, fast-paced and bracing exploration of where we are in confronting the COVID-19 challenge, and how our governance institutions will need to change in the aftermath.” Richard Stren, University of Toronto

"There can be few better proponents of place leadership than Robin Hambleton to set out why local action, rather than top-down governance, holds the key to creating a fairer post-COVID society." Nick Golding, editor, Local Government Chronicle

"Amid alarmist and dystopic voices, Robin Hambleton offers an optimistic view toward a possible urban future. He encourages us to use this opportunity to imagine a more equitable world through inclusive, place-based governance." Ali Modarres, University of Washington Tacoma

"Can COVID-19 be a window of possibility for reinventing governance and policies? Robin Hambleton helps us move constructively through the uneven challenges and manifold dilemmas that policy-makers, as well as everyday citizens, are experiencing during the pandemic." Valeria Fedeli, Politecnico di Milano

"Timely and incisive analysis highlighting the crucial role of local government in a COVID-challenged world. Essential reading for scholars of local government but equally for community leaders, public sector managers and policy and planning professionals, and citizens." Christine Cheyne, Massey University and Eastern Institute of Technology

Robin Hambleton is Emeritus Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers. An expert on urban innovation, city management and local governance, he was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Foreword ~ Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

No Going Back;

The COVID-19 Pandemic;

The Central Challenge: Improving Governance;

The New Civic Leadership;

The Bristol One City Approach;

Enhancing the International Conversation;

Lesson Drawing for the Future.