Impact coronacrisis
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Impact coronacrisis

Rotterdam impact study COVID-19

The city of Rotterdam is currently being silenced by the coronavirus pandemic. How can Rotterdam recover from this social and economic blow in due time? How can the (future) urban resilience of Rotterdam be increased? And what opportunities are out there? The Rotterdam COVID-19 impact study, recently launched, focuses on precisely these pressing questions. This Rotterdam project is a cooperation between the City of Rotterdam and Vital Cities and Citizens, an initiative from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

From VCC, Dr. Jan Fransen (themeleader within VCC) and prof.dr. Jurian Edelenbos (academic director VCC) are the leaders of this project, and in addition several other researchers cooperate on this project, such as Dr. Naomi van Stapele, Dr. Brian Godor and Dr. Mike Duijn. They will publish a series of policy letters containing advice for municipalities.

Dr. Jan Fransen and Daniela Ochoa Peralta wrote an article in MONU (Magazine of Urbanism) #33, special issue on Pandemic Urbanism (pp 78-81). You can find a short summary of what the article is about. 

The Covid-19 pandemic requires us to reframe what a city is. The past decades urban competitiveness has played a key role in urban development strategies at the expense of urban resilience. We therefore plea for urban transformations, starting from resilient communities. Resilient cities deal with shocks based on abundance instead of efficiency, diversity instead of specialization, local on top of global trade and social networks and cohesion on top of economic development. This requires new urban visions, polycentric planning and governance, as well as embracing diversity and non-compliance. Together these form a system of change.

VCC newsitems about impact COVID-19

Vital Cities and Citizens involved in Rotterdam impact study COVID-19

In the media

How can Rotterdam effectively recover from the corona crisis? And how can the resilience and future resilience of the city be increased? The COVID-19 impact study focuses on precisely these questions.

When breathing is political

In the media

A plea for sustainable just cities and the right to life by dr. Flor Avelino.

Impact of COVID-19 on children depends on family context and intrapersonal characteristics

General

Psychologist Dr. Brian P. Godor and Dr. Ruth van der Hallen are investigating coping and resiliency in young adults during this COVID-19 pandemic.