Pandemic and the City
Mehmet Güney Celbiş, Yeditepe University,Turkey
Karima Kourtit, Open University in the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands
Peter Nijkamp, Open University in the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands
Springer International Publishing AG; 1st ed. 2023 edition (16 February 2023)

About the book

This book features a collection of novel and original contributions to the study of urban sustainability from a human health perspective in the light of the current corona pandemic and the challenge of cities to offer inclusive, appealing, and healthy infrastructures. Written by experts from various disciplines, this book analyzes the impact of the corona pandemic on contemporary cities, and how these cities respond to the challenges. Featuring also case studies on various cities and regions, it addresses four interconnected research challenges and themes:

  • Cities, cooperation, and resilience in the face of COVID-19
  • Comparative approaches on patterns and effects of city and location-specific policies and socioeconomic structures during COVID-19
  • The socioeconomic and labor market effects of pandemics on cities and local economies
  • The need for new types of data and applications in addressing challenges in analysing the effects of COVID-19 on cities

This book will appeal to scholars of regional and spatial science, urban economics, and urban planning and anyone interested in the impact of corona pandemic on city life.

Publication Date: 16 February 2023  |  ISBN: 978-3-031-21982-5

About the authors

Mehmet Güney Celbiş (Ph.D. UNU-MERIT, 2015) is an affiliated researcher at UNU-MERIT, and an assistant professor at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests include machine learning for socioeconomic analysis and urban and rural economies and spatial economics.

Karima Kourtit is a researcher at the Open University, Heerlen, the Netherlands. She was laboratory owner at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in the division Smart Cities and Data Analytics (owned by the Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University), ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. She has worked in the Department of Urban Planning and Environment at the Center for the Future of Places (CFP), at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. She holds two PhDs, in both economics and geography (with distinction), and has a particular interest in regional and urban topics. Her research focuses on the emerging “New Urban World.” She has also been involved in the implementation of several national and international research projects and initiatives. She is also managing director of the Regional Science Academy. 

Peter Nijkamp is an emeritus professor of regional and urban economics and of economic geography at the VU University and is also associated with the Open University of the Netherlands (OU), Heerlen (the Netherlands); Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Iasi (Romania); KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden), the University of Technology, Benguérir (Morocco), and A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland). He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of more than 30 journals. According to the RePec list, he is one of the top 30 best-known economists in the world. He is also a fellow and former vice president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He has served as president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). In 1996, he was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award. He is co-editor of the Springer Handbook of Regional Science.

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