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Cities in a Post-COVID World

April 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

HSRC/University of Free State Webinar
SARCHI Chair in City Region Economies


15 APRIL 2021 | 17:00 18:30 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON ZOOM


Distinguished Professor of Regional and International Development at UCLA, Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, and Professor of Economic Sociology at Sciences Po in Paris.


Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank
Dr Geci Karuri Sebina , Wits University


Prof Ivan Turok, SARCHI Chair in City Region Economies at UFS and HSRC

The coronavirus pandemic has had far reaching effects on urban lives and livelihoods Some of these are likely to prove temporary as the vaccine is rolled out and the recovery gathers momentum. However, there are bound to be more profound changes too, depending on the shape and speed of the recovery In the future, will dense economic nodes and large cities struggle to compete against outlying centres and more dispersed urban regions? Will digital technologies reinforce many of the existing urban divides? Or can opportunities be created to rethink and reinvent our cities to be more inclusive and productive? In short, how will the urban landscape be altered in the period ahead?

In this webinar, world renowned economic geographer Michael Storper will discuss the impact the pandemic and its economic, fiscal, social and political fallout on metropolitan areas His paper, co-authored with Richard Florida and Andrés Rodriguez Pose, analyses the effects of Covid 19 on countries at the intra and inter regional geographic scales They look at four main forces the social scarring caused by the pandemic the lockdown as a forced experiment the need to secure the urban built environment against future risks and changes in the urban form and system At the macro scale, they argue that Covid 19 is unlikely to alter the winner takes all economic geography and spatial inequalities of the global city system At the micro scale, however, they suggest that it may bring about a series of short term and some longer running changes in the structure and morphology of cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions The extent of these changes will depend on the severity and duration of the pandemic.

After the talk two prominent South African urbanists, Mr Kuben Naidoo and Dr Geci Karuri Sebina will offer reflections and implications for South Africa We will then invite participants to join us in discussing the future of our cities.


April 15, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Virtual (Zoom)


University of the Free State