Pandemic Cities: The COVID-19 Crisis and Australian Urban Regions

Scott Baum, Emma Baker, Amanda Davies, John Stone, Elizabeth Taylor

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This book highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities. The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic and social impacts have been felt around the world. In large cities and other urban areas, the pandemic has highlighted a number of issues from pressures on urban labour and housing markets, shifts in demographic processes including migration and mobility, changes in urban travel patterns and pressures on contemporary planning and governance processes.

Despite Australia’s relatively mild COVID exposure, Australian cities and large urban areas have not been immune to these issues. The economic shutdown of the country in the early stages of the pandemic, the sporadic border closures between states, the effective closure of international borders and the imposition of widespread public health orders that have required significant behavioural change across the population have all changed our cities in some and the way we live and work in them in some way. Some of the challenges have reflected long-standing problems including intrenched inequality in labour markets and housing markets, others such as the impact on commuting patterns and patterns of migration have emerged largely during the pandemic.

This book, co-authored by experts in their field, outlines some of the major issues facing Australian cities and urban areas as a result of the pandemic and sets a course for future of the cities we live in.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSpringer Link
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-5884-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-5883-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameCities Research Series
ISSN (Print)2662-4842
ISSN (Electronic)2662-4850


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