IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON SPATIAL AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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Natalya Zubarevich, Regional Program Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy (IISP); Professor, Department of Economic and Social Geography of Russia, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Andrey Maksimov, Director of the Center for Territorial Changes and Urban Development of RANEPA
Natalya Trunova, Vice President, Head of Spatial Development of the Center for Strategic Research Foundation
Measures taken to control the spread of the coronavirus infection have had a short-term effect on the current resettlement trends in Russia (an outward migration from large cities as observed in spring 2020). In the context of the pandemic, there is a public demand for a new quality of the urban environment, which prioritizes safety and accessibility of infrastructure (especially social and transport). In turn, a typical public vision of a comfortable and safe urban environment is a factor influencing the directions and quantitative indicators of internal migration. Will these trends persist in the long run?
Issues for discussion: • Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the economic situation in the cities • How will the pandemic affect spatial and urban development in the future? • Impact of the pandemic on internal migration flows – is there a lasting effect? • Do spatial policies need to be adapted to the challenges of the pandemic?