The COVID pandemic led to the largest economic shock in living memory. Cities such as London and New York have been hit badly, reversing 25 years of urban resurgence. Stories in the media talk of affluent city dwellers leaving for the countryside to take advantage of remote work opportunities, leaving low-wage workers working in the face to face economy stranded without employment. These changes will, if they persist, have significant long-term consequences for inequality both within and between urban areas. Will it exacerbate disparities between the richest and poorest cities? Will it lead to an exodus of affluent workers, stranding less well paid workers in local services. What will the long-term implications of the pandemic be for the future of cities? This event will bring together leading experts to discuss these questions.
Dr Shauna Brail (@shaunabrail) is Associate Professor at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga.
Dr Max Nathan (@iammaxnathan) is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences at CASA, University College London, an associate in the CEP Urban Programme and a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He is an economic geographer with a background in public policy. His work looks at urban economic development, especially innovation systems and clusters; immigration and diversity; and urban public policy. Max co-founded the Centre for Cities, and has over 15 years’ experience in think tanks, consultancy and government.
Professor Michael Storper is Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, and holds Professorships at Sciences-Po and UCLA.
Valentine Quinio (@ValentineQuinio) is a researcher at the Centre for Cities.
Professor Neil Lee (@ndrlee) is a Professor of Economic Geography at LSE and an associate of the International Inequalities Institute.
The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.
This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.
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