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Collection: Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities

Four Volumes

Edited by Brian Doucet, Rianne van Melik and Pierre Filion


Jul 22, 2021

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176 pages

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Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities




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Bristol University Press
Collection: Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities

“This collection on the impacts of COVID on a diversity of sites and communities gives a rich and textured account of the spatial and social inequalities produced and reinforced by this terrible pandemic.” Sophie Watson, Open University.

Volume 1: Community and Society

Introduction ~ Brian Doucet, Rianne Van Melik and Pierre Filion

Part 1 ~ Working Practices

Street Vendor Struggles: Maintaining a Livelihood Through the COVID-19 Lockdown in Hanoi, Vietnam ~ Sarah Turner and Nguyen N. Binh

The Man and the Scooter: How the Low-Income Worker Helps Save a Locked-Down City ~ Abdellatif Qamhaieh

The Hidden Inequities and Divisions Among Workers in the US: The Domestic Workers Workforce As Non-Essential Workers ~ Carolina Sternberg

Reflections of Living ‘Hand-to-Mouth’ Among ‘Hustlers:’ Insights on the Realities of Poverty in Jamaica ~ Sheere Brooks

Looking at Urban Inequalities Regarding Different Jobs in the Age of COVID-19: Who Stayed at Home, Who Did Not? ~ Ferhan Gezici Korten and Cansu Ilhan

Part 2 ~ Spatial Inequalities

Ageist Transport Infrastructures: Rethinking Public Transport Amidst COVID-19 Lockdowns in India ~ Prajwal Nagesh, Ajay Bailey, Sobin George and Lekha Subaiya

The Pandemic and Food Insecurity in Small Cities of the Global South: A Case Study of Noapara in Bangladesh ~ M. Feisal Rahman and Hanna A. Ruszczyk

How Governments’ Response to the Pandemic Exacerbate Gender Inequalities in Belarus and Ukraine: Comparative Analysis of Minsk and Kyiv Cases ~ Olga Matveieva and Vasil Navumau

Infrastructure Inequality and Privileged Capacity to Transform Everyday Life in COVID-19 South Africa ~ Charlotte Lemanski and Jiska De Groot

Under Quarantine in a City Project: Stories of Food, Family, Fear and Community ~ Jeremy Auerbach, Jordin Clark and Solange Muñoz

The Impacts of Socio-Spatial Inequity: COVID-19 in São Paulo ~ Roberto Rocco, Beatriz Kara José, Higor Carvalho and Luciana Royer

Part 3 ~ Migration, Migrants and Refugees

Liminality, Gender and Ethnic Dynamics in Urban Space: COVID-19 and Its Consequences for Young Female Migrants (YFM) in Dhaka ~ Ellen Bal, Lorraine Nencel, Hosna J. Shewly and Sanjeeb Drong

Spatial Inequality and Colonial Palimpsest in Kuala Lumpur ~ Nurul Azreen Azlan

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Travails of Rohingya Refugees in the Largest Bangladeshi Refugee Camp ~ Diotima Chattoraj

Singapore’s Pandemic Governance and Deepening Marginalisation of Migrant Workmen ~ Sallie Yea

Part 4 ~ Age, Race, Gender and Ability

Experiential Equity: An Environmental Neuroscientific Lens for Disparities in Urban Stress ~ Robin Mazumder

What Is the Relationship Between COVID-19 and the Movement to “Defund the Police”? ~ Richardson Dilworth and Timothy PR Weaver

Following the Voices of Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis: Perspectives From the Netherlands ~ Jolanda Lindenberg, Paul Van De Vijver, Lieke De Kock, David Van Bodegom and Niels Bartels

The Role of Social Infrastructures for Trans* People During the COVID-19 Pandemic ~ Magdalena Rodekirchen and Sawyer Phinney

COVID-19 and Blind Spaces: Responding to Digital (In)accessibility and Social Isolation During Lockdown for Blind, Deafblind, Low Vision, and Vision Impaired Persons in Aotearoa New Zealand ~ Rebekah Graham, Bridgette Masters-Awatere, Chrissie Cowan

Conclusion ~ Brian Doucet, Rianne Van Melik and Pierre Filion

Volume 2: Housing and Home

Introduction ~ Brian Doucet, Pierre Filion and Rianne Van Melik

Part 1 ~ Housing Markets, Systems, Design and Policies

Is COVID-19 a Housing Disease? Housing, COVID Risk and COVID Harms in the UK ~ Becky Tunstall

De-Gentrification or Disaster Gentrification? Debating the Impact of COVID-19 on Anglo-American Urban Gentrification ~ Derek Hyra and Loretta Lees

‘Living in a Glass Box’: The Intimate City in the Time of COVID ~ Phil Hubbard

Mardin Lockdown Experience: Strategies for a More Tolerant Urban Development ~ Zeynep Atas and Yuvacan Atmaca

Towards the Post-Pandemic (Healthy) City: Barcelona’s Poblenou Superblock Challenges and Opportunities ~ Federico Camerin and Luca Maria Francesco Fabris

Urban Crises and COVID-19 in Brazil: Poor People, Victims Again ~ Wescley Xavier

Flexible Temporalities, Flexible Trajectories: Montreal’s CHSLD Crisis as an Example of Temp Workers’ Complicated Urban Labour Geographies ~ Lukas Stevens

Part 2 ~ Experiences of Housing and Home During the Pandemic

Bold Words, a Hero or a Traitor? Fang Fang’s Diaries of the Wuhan Lockdown on Chinese Social Media ~ Liangni Sally Liu, Guanyu Jason Ran and Yu Wang

The COVID-19 Lockdown and the Impact of Poor-Quality Housing on Occupants in the UK ~ Philip Brown, Rachel Armitage, Leanne Monchuk, Dillon Newton and Brian Robson

Aging at Home: The Elderly in Gauteng, South Africa in the Context of COVID-19 ~ Alexandra Parker and Julia De Kadt

COVID-19, Lockdown(s) and Housing Inequalities Amongst Families Who Have Children With Autism in London ~ Rosalie Warnock

Detroit’s Work to Address the Pandemic for Older Adults: A City of Challenge, History and Resilience ~ Tam E. Perry, James McQuaid, Claudia Sanford and Dennis Archambault

Ethnic Enclaves in a Time of Plague: A Comparative Analysis of New York City and Chicago ~ Amanda Furiasse and Sher Afgan Tareen

Migration in the Times of Immobility: Geographies of Walking and Dispossession in India ~ Kamalika Banerjee and Samadrita Das

Living Through a Pandemic in the Shadows of Gentrification and Displacement: Experiences of Marginalized Residents in Waterloo Region, Canada ~ William Turman, Brian Doucet and Faryal Diwan

Cities Under Lockdown: Public Health, Urban Vulnerabilities and Neighbourhood Planning in Dublin ~ Carla Maria Kayanan, Niamh Moore-Cherry and Alma Clavin

Conclusion ~ Brian Doucet, Pierre Filion and Rianne Van Melik

Volume 3: Public Space and Mobility

Introduction ~ Rianne van Melik, Pierre Filion and Brian Doucet

Part I. What constitutes public space?

Public space and COVID-19: New social practices, intensified inequalities ~ Loren March & Ute Lehrer

Pandemic pop-ups and the performance of legality ~ Alexandra Flynn and Amelia Thorpe

Lessons from the lockdown: Foregrounding non-privileged perspectives into the (post-)COVID city debate ~ Luce Beeckmans & Stijn Oosterlynck

“Everybody has to move, you can't stand still”: Policing of vulnerable urban populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brussels ~ Mattias De Backer & Lucas Melgaço

Parks in a pandemic: attachments, absences and exclusions ~ Julian Dobson

Failure by design? Neoliberalism, public space and the (im)possibility of lockdown compliance in the UK ~ Conor Wilson

A place for life: Striving towards accessible and equitable public spaces for times of crisis and beyond ~ Anaid Yerena and Rubén Casas

Part II. Public space and human well-being

How can inequalities in access to green space be addressed in a post-pandemic world? Lessons from London ~ Meredith Whitten and Peter Massini

America under COVID-19: The plight of the old ~ Setha Low and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Exploring older adult’s experiences of urban space in the COVID-19 lockdowns: Dutch and British perspectives ~ Tess Osborne, Arlinde Dul & Louise Meijering

Public libraries in crises: Between spaces of care and information infrastructures ~ Alice Corble and Rianne van Melik

The city and the park in times of pandemic: Children’s practices in public spaces before and after the lockdown in Porto, Portugal ~ Júlia Rodrigues, Lígia Ferro, João Teixeira Lopes and Eunice Castro Seixas

The mundane and (extra)ordinary public spaces in India: Examining the impact of COVID-19 pandemic through an everyday lens in Chennai city ~ Lakshmi Priya Rajendran & Aamstrong Anjumuthu

The resilience of street vendors in surviving COVID-19 crisis in Hanoi, Vietnam ~ Ha Minh Hai Thai, Phuong Quoc Dinh and Phuong Thu Nguyen

Part III. Public space and mobility

City cycling after COVID-19 for interspecies mobility justice ~ Nicolas Scott

Mobility justice and social inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Jakarta ~ Harya S. Dillon and Deden Rukmana

Pandemic- and future-proofing cities: Pedestrian-oriented development as an alternative model to transit-based intensification centres ~ Neluka Leanage and Pierre Filion

Mercurial images of the COVID-19 city ~ Emma Arnold

Conclusion ~ Rianne van Melik, Brian Doucet and Pierre Filion

Volume 4: Policy and Planning

Introduction: Policymaking in the face of uncertainty and inequality ~ Pierre Filion, Brian Doucet and Rianne van Melik

Part I: COVID-19 and urban changes

The exaggerated report of offices’ demise: The strength of weal workplace ties ~ Richard Shearmur, Manuela Parra-Lockhorst and Alastair Wycliffe-Jones

Platform labour in urban spaces after COVID-19 ~ Sandro Mezzadra, Mattia Frapporti and Maurilio Pirone

More cycling and road closures, but for whom and where? ~ Rebecca Mayers

Governing “the night” in post-COVID-19 Lisbon: Challenges, opportunities and uncertainties ~ Manuel Garcia-Ruiz, Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, João Carlos Martins, Cristiana Vale Pires and Jordi Nofre

Small business owners in Stockholm and the anti-lockdown pandemic strategies ~ Rosa Danenberg

Urban inequalities and the lived politics of resilience ~ Oleg Golubchikov and Geoffrey DeVerteuil

Part II: The pandemic, social inequality and mobilization

Navigating socio-economic pressures in COVID-19 urban Kenya – A relational geographies’ perspective ~ Christiane Stephan, Mario Schmidt and Eric Mutisya Kioko

On standby? But for how long? The impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the urban poor of Sri Lanka ~ Mohamed Minas, Dilshani N. Ranawaka and Lothar Smith

Combatting older adult loneliness: It takes a (blended) village ~ Maxwell Hartt, Samantha J. Norberg, Julie Karns, Maliha Majeed and Barry Pendergast

Kindness more contagious than viruses: An inclusive and innovative response to inequalities in Ankara ~ Özgür Sayın and Savaş Zafer Şahin

Resisting disaster capitalism during COVID-19 in Chile: People fight back ~ Claudia González-Muzzio, Vicente Sandoval and Carmen Paz Castro

Rapid deployment of transport infrastructure and urban social injustice: The case of Medellín, Colombia ~ Carlos Cadena-Gaitán, Alejandro Álvarez-Vanegas and María C. Flórez-Munoz

Part III: Municipal and urban policy responses

Transnational experiences of COVID-19: Transferable lessons for urban planning between the Global Soiuth and the Global North ~ Shauna Brail, Michael Martin, Jagath Munasinghe, Rangajeena Ratnayake and Julie Rudner

Urban mobility, working culture and administration during the corona crisis: adjustments for a resilient city ~ Kerstin Stark, Julia Schuppan, Ariane Kehlbacher, Julia Jarass and Laura Gebharbt

Public transport qualities and iequalities in pandemic times ~ Marcus Finbom, Wojciech Kębłowski, Wladimir Sgibnev, Louise Sträuli, Peter Timko, Tauri Tuvikene and Tonio Weicker

COVID-19 and the creative city: Lessons from the UK ~ Jonathan Gross, Tamsyn Dent and Roberta Comunian

Urban regional planning under the pandemic: the case of Oslo ~ Lars Böcker, Per Gunnar Røe and Elling Oftedal

Distributing, de-synchronizing, digitilizing: Dealing with Milan transport inequalities in post-coronavirus society ~ Paola Pucci, Giovanni Lanza and Bruna Vendemmia

The view from the socio-spatial peripheries: Milan, Italy and Toronto, Canada ~ Lorenzo De Vidovich, Julian Iacobelli, Samantha Biglieri and Roger Keil

Conclusion: The pandemic and beyond ~ Pierre Filion, Rianne van Melik and Brian Doucet