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Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities

Who are cities for? As societies reel from the impacts of COVID-19 across the globe, this question has never been more pertinent.

Bringing together a collection of critical urban voices across a variety of disciplines, this four-volume Shorts series explores the challenges and the opportunities facing cities in the wake of the pandemic. The contributors draw from case studies across the globe and reveal how the pandemic and its economic fallout have created new inequalities while exacerbating existing ones.

Offering crucial insights for reforming cities to be more resilient to future crises, this is an invaluable resource for scholars and policy makers alike.

“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

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Volume 1: Community and Society

Contributions to this volume engage directly with different urban communities around the world. They give voice to those who experience poverty, discrimination and marginalisation in order to put them in the front and centre of planning, policy and political debates that make and shape cities.

Volume 3: Public Space and Mobility

This international volume explores the transformations of public space and public transport in response to COVID-19, both those resulting from official governmental regulations and from everyday practices of urban citizens. The contributors discuss how the virus made urban inequalities clearer, and redefined public spaces in the “new normal”.

Volume 4: Policy and Planning

Drawing from case studies across the globe, this book explores how the pandemic and the policies it has prompted have caused changes in the ways cities function. The contributors examine the advancing social inequality brought on by the pandemic and suggest policies intended to contain contagion whilst managing the economy in these circumstances.

Volume 2: Housing and Home

This book casts light on how the virus has impacted the experience of home and housing through the lens of wider urban processes around transportation, land use, planning policy, racism and inequality, and offers crucial insights for reforming cities to be more resilient to future crises.