GRIP series on inequalities, Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City

The Global Research Programme on Inequalities (GRIP) miniseries on COVID-19 and global dimensions of inequality was a much-read series during the height of the first wave of the pandemic, so we thought we would return to GRIP and share with the ISC community its new series on inequalities in the (Post-) Pandemic City.

The GRIP is a collaboration between the University of Bergen (UiB) and the International Science Council. It aims to foster co-designed processes of knowledge creation to understand the multiple dimensions of rising inequalities.


1. Securitization, Surveillance and the Logics of Algorithms 

Tereza Østbø Kuldova is a Social Anthropologist and Senior Researcher at the Work Research Institute at Oslo Metropolitan University

“We have to keep in mind, that we are really standing to lose a lot of rights, if these kind of surveillance  technologies do not end with the state of exception”


2. Inequality in the (Post)-Pandemic City: The Class Dimension of Lockdown in South Asia

Interview with Atreyee Sen, a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex

“What this pandemic has taught people, is to engage with the existing economic inequalities in the city”


3. Weaponized Health Information

Interview with Eugenia Kuznetsova, research fellow at Kyiv School of Economics

“Corona-related disinformation deepens the existing inequalities in the occupied territories and puts the lives of the most vulnerable categories at risk”


4. Urban Environments in Eastern Europe

Interview with anthropologist Michał Murawski, University College London

“Urban capitalism has become nastier and more aggressive since the lockdown”


5. Public Health and Urban Preparedness

Interview with Hinta Meijerink from the The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

“The impact of COVID-19 and the recommended measures revealed underlying inequity in the society, most prominently in urban areas. Hopefully, the experience from this pandemic will result in prioritization of public health as well as addressing inequality in urban areas”


6. Governance of Mobility During the Pandemic in China

Essay by Minhua Ling from The Chinese University of Hong Kong

“Amid our global struggles with the often asymptomatic yet highly contagious disease has arisen much prejudice and national and racial discrimination”


7. The Urban Economic Crisis

Astrid Haas from the International Growth Center in Kampala, DRC

“It is important to remember that it is not a health or an economic crisis for many people. The economy is a part of their own health crisis, particularly in the cities”


8. The Dark Side of Modernization

Interview with Christos Lynteris, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK

“As far as life on the planet is concerned, together with extinction, the emergence and spread of infectious diseases may be said to be one of modernization’s major and long-lasting products”


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The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout these essays and interviews do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the ISC concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Each author or interviewee is responsible for the facts contained in his/her article and the opinions expressed therein, which are not necessarily those of the ISC.

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