The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


The pedagogy of the catastrophes and intergenerational justice

12 May 2020, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Post COVID-19 Urban Futures webinar series - No. 5 Andrea Rigon

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Dr Andrea Rigon



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The pedagogy of the catastrophes and intergenerational justice

COVID-19 will radically change the world. The direction of this radical change will depend on how we collectively learn from this catastrophe to set the basis of a different society—new  inequalities, new borders, new high-tech state control or a world of solidarity, public goods such as universal health and income, which prioritises life over the economic growth.

The pace of change brought by COVID-19 in the lives of most people in the world is unprecedented and already taught us that, when needed, people can change their behaviours, something that many doubted in the relation to the climate and ecological crisis just few months ago. We need collective pedagogies and thought leadership to imagine and built new better futures.

About the 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.