What policy lessons can be drawn from responses to global health shocks build inclusive and resilient cities?
Globally, about 1.6 billion informal workers were impacted by lockdowns, mobility restrictions and other measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. This proposal will examine COVID-19 policy measures and post-pandemic recovery plans across Southeast and South Asian regions to identify their impacts, gaps and lessons learned in addressing the needs of urban informal workers and in charting pathways to achieve greater resilience against similar shocks in the future. It will undertake an intensive review of relevant policy responses followed by a series of online policy dialogues with key government officials.
This project is part of the Research Studies Association (RSA) Policy Expo Grants Scheme 2021. The expo will unpack how urban poor communities, especially women informal workers, are (or likely to be) affected by these measures by engaging with grassroots organisations, NGOs and community groups. It will focus on three South Asian megacities (Dhaka, Hyderabad and Karachi) and two Southeast Asian megacities (Jakarta and Manila) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
RSA Policy Expo Call for Evidence
Led by the University of Melbourne, the project team composed of a consortium of Southern researchers is launching a global Call for Evidence (CfE). This CfE will inform the Regional Studies Association Policy Expo titled “Tackling a global pandemic in Asian Megacities: Uneven vulnerabilities, State responses and grassroots practices.”
RSA Regions Special Session
The University of Melbourne Team organised two online special sessions to dialogue about COVID-19 policy responses at the RSA's Global E-Festival Regions in Recovery.
Southern Built Environments Seminar Series
ABP Research Seminar Series 2022: Positioning the global south in Built Environments Curriculum. Register for the event.
- Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne
- Redento Recio, Informal Urbanism Research Hub (InfUr)
- Michele Acuto, Centre Director
- Kazi Nazrul Fattah, Visiting Fellow in International Urban Politics
- Elisa Sutanudjaja, Rujak Center for Urban Studies
- Ador Torneo, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University
- Nausheen Anwar, Karachi Urban Lab (KUL)
- Noman Ahmed, NED University of Engineering and Technology
- Anant Maringanti, Hyderabad Urban Lab (HUL)
- Aalok Khandekar, India Institute of Technology (IIT)
- Mehnaz Rabbani, BRAC University
- Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
- Karachi Urban Lab (KUL), Karachi, Pakistan
- NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
- BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Hyderabad Urban Lab (HUL), Hyderabad, India
- India Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, India