Shaping the Post-COVID City: imagining futures to improve urban health
As part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World, Dr. Suzanna Hall, associate professor in sociology at the London School of Economics & Political Science, is chairing an event on "Shaping the Post-COVID city: imagining futures to improve urban health" on March 6th, 2021.
Organizer: London School of Economics & Political Science
How can policy makers and urban health leaders plan through this uncertainty, and how can those plans help to address the changing nature of and existing inequalities in urban health?
To explore this question, we focus on a scenario planning approach undertaken by the Guys’ and St Thomas’ Charity and LSE Cities. Developed using a combination of social and spatial data analysis, existing research, and community input, we will discuss the five scenarios, or imagined futures, and what each might mean for urban health policymaking in years to come.
Living in cities has always carried distinct health challenges. Not only has COVID-19 emphasised issues of poor-quality housing and the importance of access to adequate green spaces, it has also challenged many of the previously considered health benefits of urban life: good public transport links, better employment options, and access to culture and leisure opportunities.
The effects of the pandemic in cities have not been experienced equally and it is vital to remember that those worst affected often have little option over whether they live in cities or not.
Judith Batchelar (@JudithBatchelar) is Director of Sainsbury's Brand at Sainsbury's.
Kieron Boyle (@KieronJBoyle) is Chief Executive at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Professor Tony Travers is Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Director of LSE London at LSE.
Suzanne Hall (@SuzanneHall12) is Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at LSE.
The event is free to attend. To register, please click here.