The pandemic is changing how and where we live. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the movement of people and economic activities from large cities -the most dynamic places in recent decades- to towns and rural areas has been a constant. Work from home and online shopping and interaction allow, in theory, to live and operate from anywhere in the world.

Many see this as a reversal of the trend towards greater polarization and territorial inequality that prevailed in the past. But is this the case? Are we witnessing the decline of the big cities in favor of a more equitable distribution of activity in the territory? Cañada Blanch Forum 2021 on “Cities and regions in a post-Covid world” will address these questions and will also analyze the possible implications of the pandemic for the future of our cities and regions.

Our Scientific Director, Eveline van Leeuwen will be the key note speaker on the 11th of May about how COVID-19 changes our views on space and distance. The topic of discussion is: 'Bringing the urban into the rural and vice-versa?'.

Richard Florida | May, 4th – 17:00 h
Eveline Van Leeuwen | May, 11th – 17:00 h
Paolo Veneri | May, 18th – 17:00 h

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This year’s edition will be held online, via Zoom, on May 4th, 11th and 18th under the academic supervision of Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Director, Cañada Blanch for Contemporary Spanish Studies and Princesa de Asturias Chair and Professor of Economic Geography at the Londo School of Economisc (LSE).

The Cañada Blanch Forum 2021 is hosted by Fundación Cañada Blanch, the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies and the London School of Economics (LSE), in collaboration with Aspen Institute España.