The Regional Science Academy (TRSA), in association with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), presents:
ABC on Pandemic and the City
Aim & Scope
Is an urban overhaul on the way? According to Bloomberg CityLab, the ongoing alterations in cities are not just limited to the urban landscape. Aside of socially distanced restaurants and widened sidewalks, socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic will leave their mark on cities. For instance, it is predicted that in the near future, people using public transportation will be poorer than the average city resident. The digital divide has already become more apparent regarding access to education or to virtual libraries. Furthermore, climate will have a stronger influence on cities than in the past given that avoiding indoor activities as much as possible may become commonplace. Operating restaurants with outside dining areas and organizing open-air activities which allow social distancing will face challenges in cities where the weather is too hot or too cold and rainy.
The rise of telecommuting (i.e. remote working) is a heavily debated new topic. It is argued that if the individuals who work from home move away from urban areas, a lot of office space can be converted to residences. However, the departure of the relatively rich who can work from home will rebound as considerable loss of tax income for city governments. Their exodus, on the other hand, may lead to novel opportunities for businesses to disperse to new clusters.
This being said, the current COVID-19 pandemic presents new opportunities for cities to become more inclusive and to invest in essential health infrastructure and public services that may allow them to emerge stronger from the pandemic. On the other hand, reduced dynamism in cities may render them less appealing to tourists.
Will cities survive the pandemic or are they “doughnut cities” where we are heading? How will the habits and expectations of the post-Covid generation shape the new city? Will the vaccination programs revert back these effects and will life continue as if nothing happened? How will the changes to the urban landscape affect the resilience of cities to other crises (e.g. earthquakes)? Will social distancing and isolation triumph over sharing and togetherness?
This advanced Brainstorm Carrefour of TRSA aims to initiate a fruitful discussion on new windows for research regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the city.
Monday, 23 August 2021, 08:55-18:00 GMT+2
08:55 – 09:00: Welcome: Peter Batey, President, The Regional Science Academy (TRSA)
9:00 – 10:30
Chair: Budy RESOSUDARMO
1. What Happened after SARS in 2003? The Economic Impacts of a Pandemic
2. The Effect of Lockdown vs Pandemic for the City, and Lessons that can be Drawn from the Literature on Uncertainty and, in this Case, the Practice
3. Multi-sourced Data Analysis to Support Smart Governance in a Time of Pandemic: a Case of London
10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Yoshiro HIGANO
4. Can Creatives Save the Post-Pandemic City?
5. Could the pandemic change the natural spatial urban patterns?
6. Analysing Mobility, Cities, and the Pandemic, Using Mobile Phone Data in Sweden
Marina TOGER, John ÖSTH, Umut TÜRK, Karima KOURTIT, Peter NIJKAMP
12:15 – 12:45: Lunch Break
12:45 – 14:15
Chair: Daniel CZAMANSKI
7. The Pandemic and the City, an Analysis of the Evolution of Portuguese City-Regions Based on an Organic and Rational Spatial Interaction Model
8. The Socio-Economic Impact Arising from the Behavioral Shift of Citizens/Consumers on Physical Spaces, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Town Planning in the Post-Pandemic World
9. Levels of Inequality and the Impact of the COVID19 Pandemic in Spanish Urban Functional Areas
Vicente ROYUELA, David CASTELLS-QUINTANA
14:15 – 14:30: Coffee Break
14:30 – 16:00
Chair: Tomaz DENTINHO
10. Data Analytics, Pandemics, and Spatial Shocks
11. A Post-2021 Space Oddity or How Low Can We Go? Geographic Constraints Posed by Big Brother, Institutional Review Boards, and Transactional Shifts
12. Differences in State Level Impacts of Covid-19 Policies
16:00 – 16:15: Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:15
Chair: Neil REID
13. Federalism or Centralism, Lack of Regional Statistics and Spatially Blind Policies: Reflections on the Local Economic Impacts of the Pandemic in Argentina
14. Pandemic and US Megalopolitan Clusters
17:15 – 18:00
Great Minds in Regional Science
Chair: Peter BATEY, President, The Regional Science Academy (TRSA)
Great Minds presentation – Laurie SCHINTLER, on: Sir Alan Wilson and his scholarship.