EURA Conversations

Welcome to EURA Conversations

EURA Conversations is a blog conceived as a democratic space to share experiences, offer reflections and open up conversations on various aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The questions we hope to address along with readers include.

Does the Covid-19 pandemic raise new questions for urban studies? What are the implications of this disaster for the future of cities and urban governance? Amid all the suffering are there positive stories and insights to unearth? Can international exchange help different societies share good ideas and practices on how to recover from the Covid-19 onslaught?

This new interactive space has been created to facilitate exchange of views on how different cities and communities are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to explore ideas on what our world might look like in the future.
Each Post is less than 500 words. Please consider leaving a “Comment” at the end of the Post to stimulate fresh thinking and idea development.

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You will reach scholars in over twenty countries!

Robin Hambleton, Alistair Jones, Le Anh Long and Ignazio Vinci

Co-editors of the EURA Conversations series


#35 The impact of COVID-19 on urbanization in Finland

Insights from Finland EURA Conversations Post #35 – 13 December 2021by Tuomas Ilmavirta, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Finland   COVID-19 has, at least temporarily, […]

#34 Why international face to face exchanges will matter again

Meeting places and people EURA Conversations Post #34 – 29 November 2021by Valeria Fedeli,  Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and immediate […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#31 The impact of COVID-19 on Trinidad and Tobago

Impact of COVID-19 on the Caribbean EURA Conversations Post #31 – 18 October 2021 by Gabrielle Thongs, Department of Geography, the University of West Indies A […]

#30 Beyond the post-Covid narrative

Beyond the post-Covid narrative: What’s next? EURA Conversations Post #30 – 06 October 2021 by Ignazio Vinci, University of Palermo In May 2020 we started EURA […]

#29 Urban mobility

New challenges for urban mobility in the city of Palermo, Italy EURA Conversations Post #29 – 12 July 2021 João Igreja, University of Palermo As pointed […]

#28 Black lives

COVID-19 and the movement to tackle racial inequality EURA Conversations Post #28 – 05 July 2021Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol In June […]

#27 Rewilding

Rewilding the Post-Covid City EURA Conversations Post #27 – 21 June 2021Siân Moxon, Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies, School of Art Architecture and Design, London […]

#26 A Caribbean perspective

COVID-19 – a view from Trinidad and Tobago EURA Conversations Post #26 – 7 June 2021Julia R. Kotzebue, habitant at the Institute of Geography at the […]

#25 Public space

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the use of public space? EURA Conversations Post #25 – 24 May 2021Evangelia Athanassiou, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of […]

#24 Africa

The Response of Urban Africa to COVID-19 EURA Conversations Post #24 – 10 May 2021 Costanza La Mantia, In-house Technical Advisor at Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure […]

#23 Education

Portuguese municipalities and education in times of pandemic EURA Conversations Post #23 – 26 April 2021 Maria Antónia Pires de Almeida, Researcher at CIES, ISCTE, University […]

#22 Greenspace under lockdown

Urban greenspace during lockdown EURA Conversations Post #22 – 12 April 2021 Danielle Sinnett, Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, University of the West of England, […]

#21 Mental Health

Urban green space and the mental health of young people EURA Conversations Post #21 – 22 March 2021 Isabelle Bray, Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, […]

#20 Temporary uses 2

Please, stop turning the temporary into tokenism EURA Conversations Post #20 – 8 March 2021 by Sara Caramaschi, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy As discussed by […]

#19 Temporary uses 1

Are temporary uses back in town? EURA Conversations Post #19 – 22 February 2021 by Robin Chang, Department of European Planning Cultures, TU Dortmund University, Germany Temporary […]

#18 Distancing

Distancing EURA Conversations Post #18 – 8 February 2021 by Henrique Dorneles De Castro, UFRGS Geography post-graduate program, Observatório das metrópoles, Núcleo Porto Alegre, Brazil It […]

#17 Remember Teaching?

Remember Teaching? EURA Conversations Post #17 – 25 January 2021 by Alistair Jones, De Montfort University – Department of Politics, People and Place, UK As I […]

#16 Learning from 2020

Learning from 2020 EURA Conversations Post #16 – 11 January 2021 by Ignazio Vinci, University of Palermo A few weeks ago, a column in Time magazine […]

#15 Media responsibility?

Media responsibility? EURA Conversations Post #15 – 14 Dec 2020 by Cristiana Rossignolo, Politecnico di Torino I would like to contribute to this series of EURA […]

#14 Safe or free?

Safe or free? EURA Conversations Post #14 – 30 Nov 2020 by Marta Lackowska, University of Warsaw, Poland Safety and freedom have always been qualities expected […]

#13 Working together

Instruments and relations between different levels of government EURA Conversations Post #13 – 16 Nov 2020 by Cristina Stănuș, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania A […]

#12 Urban uncertainty

Can urban design be “Covid-safe”? EURA Conversations Post #12 – 2 Nov 2020 by Inigo Lorente Riverola, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid More than a century […]

#11 Empowering place

Why place should be central to the development of any successful post COVID-19 strategy? EURA Conversations Post #11 – 19 Oct 2020 by Robin Hambleton, University […]

#10 Opportunity

Not just bad? EURA Conversations Post #10 – 5 Oct 2020 by Jacob Norvig Larsen, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University Evidently, the Covid-19 crisis […]

#9 Social crisis

To what extent can local governments tackle the social crisis? EURA Conversations Post #9 – 27 Jul 2020 by Iván Tosics, Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary In […]

#8 Urban regeneration

Urban regeneration EURA Conversations Post #8 – 20 Jul 2020 by Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Along the last months, we have been […]

#7 Community Response

Community Response EURA Conversations Post #7 – 13 Jul 2020 by Paula Russell, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin In the movies […]

#6 Healthy public spaces

Healthy public spaces EURA Conversations Post #6 – 29 Jun 2020 by Marichela Sepe Italian National Research Council & University of Naples, Italy. The 2020 public […]

#5 Peoples’ responses

People’s responses EURA Conversations Post #5 – 22 Jun 2020 by Susanne Søholt Susanne Søholt, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research. In […]

#4 Cycling

Will pop-up cycling solve our urban mobility problems? EURA Conversations Post #4 – 15 Jun 2020 by Kartsten Zimmermann The corona pandemic has a wide range […]

#3 Experimentation

Cities learn and adapt through experimentation EURA Conversations Post #3 – 20 May 2020 by Filipe Teles Filipe Teles, Pro-rector for Regional Development and Urban Policies, […]

#2 Proximity

What Covid-19 says about the concept of proximity EURA Conversations Post #2 – 18 May 2020 by Ignazio Vinci, University of Palermo As I write these […]

#1 Leadership

What does Covid-19 reveal about local leadership? EURA Conversations Post #1 – 4 May 2020 by Robin Hambleton Robin Hambleton, Emeritus Professor of City Leadership at […]