By David Simon on 29 okt, 2020

Understanding the role of cities in the Covid-19 pandemic can help us build a sustainable and equal future, David Simon writes in the Conversation. From its origin in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 has spread to become a predominantly urban-focused pandemic. Although much data on the pandemic is still unavailable, it is clear that urban areas have been at the epicentre. We can seize this opportunity to improve how we build, organise and use cities. To do this, though, we need to look more closely at the urban spread of coronavirus to understand its impact on existing inequalities. We can also learn...

5th avenue New York City during lockdown

By Jan Riise on 24 sep, 2020

Getting the Mistra Urban Futures team of seven plaforms and partners together for a study of local responses to the COVID-19 was easily done and some of the results were presented at an Urban Thinkers Campus in July, as part of the Sida-funded Consolidation Programme.

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By Stephen G Agong' on 25 aug, 2020

Protecting and preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage could be a critical and valuable work for developing sustainable livelihoods and to support community empowerment in the Lake Victoria region. Such interventions are also expected to improve equality and support minority groups, writes Stephen G Agong', vice chancellor of JOOUST and director of the KLIP Trust.

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By Warren Smit on 18 aug, 2020

There are, of course, many reasons why informal settlements should be upgraded, but the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgency of upgrading informal settlements so as to reduce the risk of infectious disease in these high-risk areas, Warren Smit writes about the situation in the districts of Khayelitsha and Klipfontein in Cape Town.

By Helena Kraff on 04 dec, 2019

The Formas funded research project The role of tourism in multicultural societies (TiMS) was initiated in collaboration between the Gothenburg, Skane and Kisumu local interaction platforms. Its central objective is to explore the role of tourism in multicultural societies, in Sweden and beyond, and to act towards the embracement and representation of diversity in tourism development and place branding. One of the cases in the project explores the process behind the creation of events that aims to be transformative, inclusive and express cultural diversity. For example, how can such events...