COVID-19 is altering city experiences and spaces. As cities respond, the contours of post-pandemic cities are also being altered, for better or worse. This podcast brings together a group of leading Sydney-based urbanists to start a conversation about what cities will look like post-COVID, and how pathways towards a just urban recovery might be fostered.
“We’ve been thinking about the imperative for innovation; how that’s reshaping how cities are being governed. And all of that got thrown into a new light by COVID” Professor Pauline McGuirk
We focus on whether COVID-19 reproduces or challenges existing urban inequalities, what innovations in urban governance are shaping recovery pathways, and what types of cities will result from altered planning and policy processes.
“To keep a critical analytical gaze on exactly what decisions are made and keep the pressure on about publicising who benefits, who may not benefit to the same extent, what effect will they have, and that’s long been a project of critical political geography, political urban geography” Professor Pauline McGuirk
This episode follows a Zoom conversation on post-pandemic urbanism and the prospects for a just urban recovery, which you can listen to in full conversation below.
The workshop was organised by the following scholars and attended by almost 150 participants.
Pauline McGuirk is Director of the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) at the University of Wollongong. Her research focuses on how cities are governed and the practices, techniques and politics involved as approaches to urban governance change.
Robyn Dowling is Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the character of everyday life in cities, and on the ways urban governance responds to the disruptions of technology and a changing climate.
Sophia Maalsen is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She researches the intersection of the digital, material and the everyday, with particular interest in the digital mediation of housing and cities.
Tom Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research examines the politics and practice of policy-making and the governance of socio-economic marginality.
You can listen to the individual panelist’s talks below.
Chris Gibson on the economy
Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong
Emma Power on housing
Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Kurt Iveson on public space
Associate Professor in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
Jennifer Kent on transport
DECRA in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Elle Davidson on Indigeneity and urbanism
Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Kristian Ruming on urban planning
Associate Professor in Geography, Macquarie University
Chris Pettit on technology and data
Professor of Data Science, University of New South Wales
Image: © Wendy Murray ‘Take your city back’