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Welcome to EURA Conversations

EURA Conversations, a new digital space for international exchange between urban scholars, was created on this website in May 2020. The idea was to provide a democratic arena to share experiences, offer reflections and encourage dialogue within the EURA community not just about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities, but also to consider how cities and communities in different countries and contexts have responded to this calamity.
As co-editors we have been more than pleased by the responses we have received. By summer 2022 some 46 EURA Conversation contributions, written by urban scholars from 20 different countries, had been posted – see below.

In October 2022 the EURA Conversation series entered a new era, one which aims to make the series more interactive. From that date each EURA Conversation now provides space for two voices: a leader setting out an idea, and a responder offering an initial reaction.
We have also made it much easier for readers to contribute their ideas to the international conversation via the comments section below each contribution.
We hope that this new format will be attractive to you. Please consider commenting on the opinions you see expressed below.
We also welcome any proposals that you may have for topics that you would like to see discussed in this international space. If you have an idea for a EURA Conversation piece, please read the Contribute to EURA Conversation page
We look forward to hearing from you.

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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#48 The radical right threat to cities and communities

In recent months, serious newspapers in many different countries have drawn attention to the rise of the far-right in Europe. More than a few political commentators fear that recent developments could amount to a game-changing surge in support for nationalist [...]

#47 It’s supposed to be a conversation

One of the fascinating things about the EURA Conversations series is the wide range of topics about which so many people have written, especially all of the lesson learning from the Covid period (not that Covid is over, by any means). From Robin Hambleton[...]
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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 [...]

#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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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. [...]
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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. [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 [...]
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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.