Project to learn from urban Covid-19 experiences receives funding

A seminar series project led by the University of Wolverhampton, which aims to share lessons learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic, has received funding from the Urban Studies Foundation (USF).

Urban inequalities and the disparity of Covid-19 impacts on urban lives and livelihoods have been at the heart of a number of discussions over recent months, for example the more severe impacts the virus has had within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations of the UK.

The seminar series will bring together professionals from a range of sectors, including academia, planning, health care, and social action, to be able to share their experiences and feed into the creation of a policy brief.

The ‘Recasting the City, Lives & Livelihoods, and Inequality in the Post-Covid World’ seminar series project focuses on cities’ pandemic experiences in the UK, Iran and India.

Lecturer in Geography, Urban Planning and Environment and the project lead, Dr Komali Yenneti, said: “By bringing together important conversations on a number of topics, we aim to support government, community initiatives and other urban responses to ‘rebuilding the city’ post-Covid-19.
“We will be looking specifically at the different impacts of Covid-19 in urban settings across the three countries. The focuses will include different social classes in Iran, minority groups and poorer communities in India, and BAME groups in the UK.
“We hope that effective strategies will be identified and can be used as recommendations of best practice.”

The seminar series is being run by the University of Wolverhampton, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences (Iran), National Institute of Urban Affairs (India), and the Centre for Geographical Studies (India).

It will provide a diverse range of events, including roundtable discussions and a workshop on developing early career researchers’ skills on geospatial technologies.

The USF is a Scottish charitable organisation founded in 2008. Their aims and objectives include advancing academic research and education in the field of urban studies.