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What are the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for cities and communities? In a new book, to be published in October by Bristol University Press, Professor Robin Hambleton suggests that local leadership can help societies recover from the pandemic and address modern societal challenges.

Professor Hambleton argues that successful strategies will need to address four major challenges at once: the COVID-19 health emergency, a very sharp economic downturn arising from the pandemic, the climate emergency, and deep-seated social, economic and racial inequality.

The Bristol Festival of Ideas is hosting a ‘virtual’ launch of the book at 5.00pm (UK time) on 8 October 2020. In a session chaired by Andrew Kelly, Director of the Festival, Robin will discuss the ideas set out in the book with Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, and Sheila Foster, Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

If you would like to participate in the launch please register for this free ‘virtual’ event here:

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