The urbanisation of spatial inequalities and a new model of urban development

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Changing patterns of urbanisation strongly influenced the initial out- break and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and form the focus of my first section here. The second section outlines how the pandemic highlighted deep existing inequalities and shortfalls in governance that have been associated with the current model of global urban develop- ment. As Nixon, Surie, and McQuay (2020) have argued, the COVID-19 pandemic ‘brought urban governance to a critical juncture in Asia’. Subsequently, I evaluate how East and Southeast Asian cities are being redesigned in the wake of the pandemic and the role of participatory urban governance in creating healthier and more socio-ecologically just cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Insights for a post-pandemic world
EditorsHyun Bang SHIN, Murray MCKENZIE, Do Young OH
PublisherLSE Press
ISBN (Print)9781909890763
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

I am grateful to Hyun Bang Shin for the invitation to speak at the LSE pub- lic event titled ‘Post COVID-19 Futures of the Urbanising World’, where an earlier version of this chapter was presented. I am also indebted to Professors Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali for their involvement in shaping the ideas that are presented here. Any inconsistencies or oversights in the analysis are my own.


  • Economy
  • Urbanisation
  • Migrants
  • Mobilities
  • Communities
  • Southeast Asia
  • COVID-19


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