A year into the pandemic: shifts, improvisations and impacts for people, place, and policy

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  • University College London
  • TU Delft


This chapter provides an overarching framework for exploring the relationships between people, place and policy and living with the COVID-19 pandemic. It recognises that these three Ps are interdependent; people are embedded in places and local and national policy is developed and applied to places. The chapter starts by exploring the debate on risk societies, non-calculable uncertainty, and the emergence of Jenga capitalism as a precursor for exploring the impacts of Covid-19. It then explores the relationship between globalisation and disease, before outlining national responses to COVID-19, including the emergence of socially distanced economies. The chapter also considers some dimensions of life after the pandemic, including a discussion of the impacts on policy and taxation. In so doing, the Chapter highlights Covid-19 as a cultural inflection point. The Chapter concludes by providing an outline of the contributions to the edited collection of the same name, to which this chapter forms the introduction.

Bibliographic note

Not yet published as of 26/03/2021.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving with Pandemics
Subtitle of host publicationPeople, Place and Policy
EditorsJohn R. Bryson, Lauren Andres, Aksel Ersoy, Louise Reardon
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Feb 2021


  • COVID-19, people, place, policy, cultural inflection point, risk, globalisation