Covid had devastating effects on cities around the world. Alongside the loss of life and health, the pandemic had a wide range of socio-economic consequences for urban communities, including damaging impacts on cultural life.
While researchers have examined the effects of the pandemic on culture, much less is understood about how urban policymakers actively intervened. And even less is known about the enduring consequences of their responses for the future of post-Covid cities.
So researchers at King’s College London collaborated with the World Cities Culture Forum – a network of civic leaders from more than 40 cities across six continents whose leaders share ideas and solutions to meet pressing global challenges.
Their research investigated how city policymakers responded to the pandemic, and what the consequences might be for the future.