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The EURA Conversations series on Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has been shaking up our world. This lethal virus is having a truly devastating global impact on society, particularly on vulnerable people.
The EURA Conversations blog was launched in May 2020, conceived as a democratic space to share experiences, offer reflections and open up conversations on various aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We wish to facilitate international exchange of views on how different cities and communities have been responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to explore ideas on what our world might look like in the future.
We intend this space to provide you with an opportunity to put forward your views.
The co-editors

  • Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England, UK)

  • Alistair Jones (De Montfort University, UK)
  • Le Anh Long (University of Twente, NL)

  • Ignazio Vinci (University of Palermo, IT)

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13/06/2022
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#46 EURA 2022 at a glance

At the end of the successful Oslo digital conference held last year (6-7 May, 2021), we said goodbye with the promise that it was the last time that EURA would have celebrated its most important event without the physical presence of the participants [...]
30/05/2022

#45 Tirana Next City

Tirana is the Capital City of Albania (around 800,000 inhabitants in 2020) and it is considered the youngest European Capital, coming out from the former Socialist block only after 1992. Right after the fall of the strict Hoxha regime, the city has started experiencing a double path of its urban transition [...]
17/05/2022
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#44 Successful public protest

The COVID-19 lockdowns reminded us of the important contribution that public space makes to the quality of life in cities. Several contributors to this series – for example, Isabelle Bray and Dannielle Sinnett – explain how public space improves our health and wellbeing [...]
02/05/2022
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#43 EURA Conferences

The annual EURA conference has been and, hopefully, will continue to be the ‘heartbeat’ and meeting point for our organisation and urban researchers committed to international exchange. Therefore, it was with deep disappointment we had to cancel the Oslo conference in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference was still implemented a year later as a smaller but rather successful online event [...]
11/04/2022
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#42 Hope in cities

Thursday, February 24, 2022, I lay in bed unable to sleep. Two days before, Russia announced that it would recognize the independence of two pro-Russian Ukrainian territories and this morning, the invasion of Ukraine began. I was at a loss.Thursday, February 24, 2022, I lay in bed unable to sleep. Two days before, Russia announced that it would recognize the independence of two pro-Russian Ukrainian territories and this morning, the invasion of Ukraine began. I was at a loss. [...]
28/03/2022
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#41 Contemporary cities

The great recession (2008) and the Pandemic (2020) have redefined the balances and economies of European cities, but we could easily scale this consideration globally, however, in this conversation I will stay within the EU borders. [...]
14/03/2022
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#40 Working class neighbourhoods

When the first lockdown was imposed in France, we launched an action research project, on the effects of Covid-19 on working-class neighbourhoods in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region [...]
28/02/2022
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#39 Metropolization

In recent years, in France, the notion of 'metropolization' has migrated from the academic vocabulary to the political debate. The term is most often used in a pejorative way to designate a set of territorial upheavals deemed harmful [...]
14/02/2022
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#38 Public space 2

The governance of Covid-19 pandemic has been broadly framed by policymakers as “a war against an invisible threat.” Across the globe, countries have implemented a range of lockdown policies to contain Covid-19. During these lockdowns, cities worldwide looked as if they really were in the midst of a war.
31/01/2022
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#37 Finding a home in the pacific

Before Covid-19, Aotearoa New Zealand performed as a proxy of the Global North. We traded and travelled back and forth between Europe and the Americas, with and via Asia and Africa. That life has been suspended.
17/01/2022
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#36 Inequalities in education

In this conversation Beth Miller contend that amongst the clamour for schools to ‘return to normal’ teaching professionals need to step back, reflect on their Covid-19 experience, and use it as a springboard for creating schools for the twenty-first century.
12/12/2021
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#35 Urbanisation

Covid-19 has, at least temporarily, changed the way we use cities. Increases in distant working and the slowing down of public life in general have, on the one hand emphasised the meaning of the home environment [...]
29/11/2021
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#34 Meeting places and people

During the last year and a half, I have been sitting on my chair, in front of a tiny table, spending entire days speaking through my pc to colleagues from all over Italy and Europe.
15/11/2021

#33 The voices of young people on climate change

Young people and climate change EURA Conversations Post #33 – 15 November 2021 by Le Anh Nguyen Long, University of Twente, The Netherlands I initially intended […]
01/11/2021

#32 Teaching after Covid: were any lessons learned?

Teaching after Covid EURA Conversations Post #32 – 1 November 2021 by Alistair Jones, Department of Politics, People and Place, De Montfort University, UK In EURA Conversation 17 […]