Robin Hambleton

Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19

with Sheila Foster, Robin Hambleton and Marvin Rees

#BristolResilience/
Thu 08 October 2020

Crowdcast

Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19

with Sheila Foster, Robin Hambleton and Marvin Rees

Robin Hambleton
Thu 08 October 2020,

Crowdcast

This was a Festival of Ideas Online event and took place on our Crowdcast channel. It is still available to watch for free HERE. Or scroll down to listen to the Soundcloud recording.

There’s been talk that the pandemic will mean the end of cities. Cities are resilient, but they face many challenges due to COVID-19. It’s widely accepted that there can be no return to the pre-pandemic society of 2019; that in building back better we need to have recovery strategies that promote social, economic and environmental justice – indeed, solving the problems that existed before the pandemic to create better cities and places for all.

What can cities do? Where is the new thinking? Robin Hambleton’s new book – Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19: How Local Leadership Can Change Our Future for the Better (Bristol University Press) – draws on a decade of research to show how cities and communities can lead the way in developing a more inclusive post COVID-19 future for us all. He discusses cities after the pandemic with Sheila Foster (Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown University) and Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol). Chaired by Andrew Kelly, director of Festival of Ideas.

Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19: How Local Leadership Can Change Our Future for the Better is published by Bristol University Press. Pre-order a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

Book cover of Cities and Communities Beyond Covid-19

This is part of #BristolResilience week. From 8 to 16 October the city will host a series of events on the theme of resilience and recovery from COVID-19. Topics to be covered include: the role of property and construction in recovery; how businesses can prepare for winter and Brexit; the role for communities; and resilience to climate change in the next five years. It will culminate in the launch of the first version of the economic recovery plan for the city. Events will be brought together in partnership with Festival of Ideas, Bristol Housing Festival, Bristol One City and Business West.

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