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Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry

This page offers resources on how regions, cities and industry are addressing the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, we have a new Small Research Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions and Industry which welcomes applications.

Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is committed to supporting the global community in researching and disseminating evidence on how regions, cities and industry are addressing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This Small Grant Scheme has been launched to support our community in this work. The money to fund this scheme has been repurposed from the Research Network scheme and Travel Grant scheme funding set aside for 2022 and has been topped up to allow more grants to be awarded. More details can be found at

International Focus

Structural propagation of pandemic shocks: an input–output analysis of the economic costs of COVID-19, Eduardo A. Haddad, Fernando S. Perobelli, Inácio F. Araújo & Karina S. S. Bugarin (2021) Spatial Economic Analysis, 16:3, 252-270

COVID vaccines: why waiving patents won’t fix global shortage, Anne Moore, The Conversation, 4 May 2021

Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19) Contributing to a global effort, OECD

Impact of COVID-19 on human resources – questionnaire from Subhash C. Kundu, Haryana School of Business, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, India.

Smart technologies for fighting pandemics: The techno- and human- driven approaches in controlling the virus transmission, Rama Krishna and Reddy Kummitha, Government Information Quarterly (open access), 20 April 20

Infrastructure and cities for a COVID-19 world, William Powrie, UKCRIC Convenor, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering (University of Southampton)

Architectures without a City. Inhabiting the exception in times of pandemic, Dra. Marina Inés de la Torre, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico

Using digital technologies to tackle the spread of the coronavirus: Panacea or folly? by Rob Kitchin, 21 April 2020

Borders of an Epidemic: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers, Edited by Ranabir Samaddar

C40 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force

Cities and Coronavirus (COVID-19), C40 Knowledge Hub

Surviving the Coronavirus Lockdown and Social Isolation, various authors

Governor Cuomo outlines impact of Covid 19 on New York economy and black and ethnic minority communities communities (YouTube video)

Europe and African relations post COVID-19: time to add size, scale and speed, Carlos Lopes, The Conversation, 31 March

Research pinpoints which Australian cities take biggest
economic blow from COVID-19, Beer et al, Adelaide, Newcastle, Washington DC

Small shop survival – The financial response to a global financial crisis. Arrieta-Paredesa et al

COVID-19 and Economic Impacts Data, Analysis & Research Resources, The World Bank/IMF Library Network

COVID-19 – a guide for rural and remote communities. Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd.

Travel, Tourism & Hospitality in a COVID-19 World, A TRINET-Based Initiative

Tourism, Degrowth, and the COVID-19 Crisis, Fletcher et al

Will Covid-19 be the end of the global citizen? Igor Calzada, Apolitical

Free COVID-19 research resources from Taylor and Francis

UK Focus

Wakefield Council (UK) Policy Alert – Update 28th June

Herd immunity: can the UK get there?, Adam Kleczkowskie, The Conversation, 4 May 2021

Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 Barometer Survey, Centre of People Work and Organisational Practice, Nottingham Business School, October 2020

COVID-19 resources from the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC)

Academy of Social Science Policy Monitor – Covid-19 related inquiries and consultations

The economics of a sudden, screeching stop, David Bailey, The UK in a Changing Europe

Cities and the Coronavirus crisis, Centres for Cities

Coronavirus deaths mapped, Serle and McLellan, 7 April

National Risk Register (2016), Cabinet Office

Covid-19 – the social science response to the pandemic, Institute of Development Studies

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report (UK), Google

Local Resilience and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Economic Crisis, Tasos Kitsos, Birmingham City REDI blog

Contagion: The Economic and Social Impacts of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the West Midlands, Simon Collinson, Birmingham City REDI blog

Coronavirus and the UK economy: Why this pandemic needs a bolder macroeconomic response – Blog by Josh Ryan Collins

Coronavirus: Why the UK needs a basic income for all workers, de Ruyter & Hearne

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand by Ferguson et al

Review of Ferguson et al “Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions…” Shen et al

Regional Transport – a supply chain mapping exercise and Brexit exposure check of automotive, aerospace and rail value dependency in the WMCA region. de Ruyter et al

Quantifying the impacts of virus measures introduced -Newcastle Urban Observatory reports real time analysis of how social distancing is changing the way the city is being used – Richard Dawson, Philip James & Luke Smith

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