Living with Pandemics: Places, People and Policy

John R. Bryson (Editor), Lauren Andres (Editor), Aksel Ersoy (Editor), Louise Reardon (Editor)

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Providing an integrated and multi-level analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on people, place, economies and policies, across the globe, this timely book explores how the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic combines failure with success. It focuses on exploring rapid adaptation and improvisation by individuals, organisations, and governments as they attempted to minimise and mitigate the socio-economic and health impacts of the pandemic.

Interdisciplinary chapters written by social policy, geography, planning, policy, sociology and public health experts explore the broader impacts of COVID-19, positioning the pandemic in the context of wider trends and risks including climate change. Chapters highlight the importance of place and local contexts in understanding its impacts in different settings including Europe, Canada, North America, South Korea, South Africa, and Lebanon. In so doing, the book develops a pandemic preparedness, responsiveness and recovery research framework, the book intends to inform post-pandemic policy development and research.

This is an important book for geography, social policy, politics, urban studies, planning and business and management researchers and students, particularly those focusing on crisis management and risk and resilience. With key case studies from across the globe, it will help elucidate key issues for policy makers and practitioners across a range of sectors including strategic management, social policy, public health and the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)9781800373594
ISBN (Print)9781800373587
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021


  • Pandemics
  • COVID-19
  • Social policy
  • place-based policy
  • pandemic impacts
  • pandemic research and policy framework


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