The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


The COVID-19 “Crisis” in Contested Cities and Divided Societies

05 May 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Post COVID-19 Urban Futures webinar series - No. 4 hosted by Haim Yacobi

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Prof Haim Yacobi



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The COVID-19 “Crisis” in Contested Cities and Divided Societies 

How the COVID-19 pandemic affects racial, ethnic and national divisions in contested cities

In this round table session we will discuss and critically reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects racial, ethnic and national divisions in contested cities such as Nicosia, Jerusalem, Belfast and Cape Town. Our aim is to go beyond the “health crisis” discourse and to examine the effect of the COVID-19 on the already existing social gaps, health disparities, fragile health systems and communities exclusion in contested cities. Questions about health justice, the meaning of social isolation and the unequal distribution of infrastructure and urban goods will be discussed by an interdisciplinary group of critical urban and health experts.


Prof Haim Yacobi, Programme Leader MSc Health in Urban Development. Bartlett Development Planning Unit UCL

Dr Ourania Kolokotroni, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Primary Care and Population Health University of Nicosia Medical School

Dr Andrew Tucker, Associate Professor, Deputy Director of the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Dr. Rami Nasrallah, Director International Peace and Cooporation Center, East Jerusalem

Prof. Dominic Bryan, Anthropology, in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast.


About the Post COVID-19 Urban Futures series

COVID-19 is a massive game changer in all spheres of life: Are we ready to imagine a better post COVID world? The Post COVID-19 Urban Futures series will feature written blogs, webinar events and video outputs reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on cities.

The series of 60min webinars to imagine the future in light of this world-changing pandemic. This is an opportunity for academics, students, professionals and the general public to reflect on what the world might look like and what we can do to share its direction towards a more just outcome.