Challenges and opportunities presented to battle pandemics in urban spaces

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographers and COVID-19: Setting Our Direction for the Future
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Remote Sensing Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 38
Organizers: Tilottama Ghosh, Pranab Roy Chowdhury
Chairs: Tilottama Ghosh

Call for Submissions

Unceasing urbanization poses many challenges to humanity, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified such challenges. Urban areas by the sheer size of their populations and high levels of local and global interconnectivity, have become the hotbed of the pandemic. The COVID-19 health crisis has divulged several strands of urban crisis in terms of urban access, safety, joblessness, homelessness, urban finance, urban equity, public services, urban infrastructure and transportation, and has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable populations. However, the severity of the impacts of COVID-19 has varied across cities. The underlying factors could be urban design, accessibility, policy and governance, and equality among others. Spatial analysis of the causal factors can provide interesting understandings which can help us in fighting the current pandemic and be better prepared for the next one. This session aims to highlight works that spatially investigate the ways in which the cities are uniquely vulnerable or resilient to pandemics, what lessons can be learnt from COVID-19, and the path forward.


To participate in the session please register for the AAG meeting and send the abstract and author PIN to organizers by November 18, 2020:

Organizers:

Tilottama Ghosh, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Earth Observation Group, Colorado School of Mines (tghosh@mines.edu)

Pranab K. Roy Chowdhury University of Washington (pkrchow@uw.edu)

Session sponsored by the following specialty groups:
1. Urban Geography
2. Remote Sensing
3. Geographic Information System and Science


Description

Unceasing urbanization poses many challenges to humanity, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified such challenges. Urban areas by the sheer size of their populations and high levels of local and global interconnectivity, have become the hotbed of the pandemic. The COVID-19 health crisis has divulged several strands of urban crisis in terms of urban access, safety, joblessness, homelessness, urban finance, urban equity, public services, urban infrastructure and transportation, and has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable populations. However, the severity of the impacts of COVID-19 has varied across cities. The underlying factors could be urban design, accessibility, policy and governance, and equality among others. Spatial analysis of the causal factors can provide interesting understandings which can help us in fighting the current pandemic and be better prepared for the next one. This session aims to highlight works that spatially investigate the ways in which the cities are uniquely vulnerable or resilient to pandemics, what lessons can be learnt from COVID-19, and the path forward.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Egle Vaiciukynaite*, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania, Venere Stefania Sanna, Centre for Politics and International Studies - CeSPI, Rome, Italy, Vera Diogo, School of Higher Education - Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal, Aniko Bernat , TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary, Driven by the Pandemic: The Experience of Sustainable Mobility in Four European Cities During the Covid Crisis 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Sujayita Bhattacharjee*, University of Mumbai, Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on domestic workers: the case of an extended suburb of Mumbai 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Yun Li*, george mason university, Moming Li, University of California at San Francisco, Megan Rice, Carnegie Mellon University, Haoyuan Zhang, Peking University, Dexuan Sha, George Mason University, Yanfang Su, Washington University, Chaowei Yang, George Mason University, The impact of policy measures on human mobility, COVID-19 outbreak, and mortality in the US: a spatiotemporal perspective 15 8:30 AM
Presenter JungHo Park, SURE Education Research Group at the Department of Smart City in Chung-Ang University, Chaeri Kim*, PennDesign City and Regional Department, Seulgi Son, Urban and Regional Planning - Taubman College - University of Michigan, Feeding America Amid COVID-19: Food Market, Pandemic Policy, and Food Insecurity Outcomes 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Patricia Carbajales-Dale*, Clemson University, Sahar Mihandoust, Clemson University, Dusti Annan-Coultas, Medical University of South Carolina, Anjali Joseph, Clemson University, COVID-19 Testing Allocation: A Data Driven Approach 15 9:00 AM

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