Date: Jul 30, 2020

This discussion will be livecast from 6:00 p.m. IST.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the discussion.

This conversation will explore the fissures that COVID-19 has exposed in city-planning today, and how urban planning systems can equip themselves better for future pandemic management. The webinar will touch upon the relationship between the pandemic and factors like urban health infrastructure, climate resilience, informal settlements, work and social infrastructure.

About the volume

Cities around the world have faced the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic due to widespread international connectivity, the movement of people and goods, and commercial and recreational activities in constricted spaces. The longer the pandemic rages on, the more important becomes the question of how we live and grow in urban conglomerations. What are the fissures that COVID-19 has exposed in city-planning today? How can urban planning systems equip themselves better for future pandemic management?

Read Rethinking Cities here.

The GP-ORF Series is an ongoing collaboration between ORF and the Global Policy Journal (GP) — a peer-reviewed academic journal based at Durham University, published in association with Wiley-Blackwell. See all publications from the GP-ORF Series.


Arvind Varshney, Advisor, Urban, and Chief Projects Officer, National Institute of Urban Affairs

Maitreyi Bordia Das, Manager, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank

Ramanath Jha, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

Sheetal Ranganathan, VP & Global Head, Life Sciences and Healthcare Operations, EvalueServe


Aditi Ratho, Junior Fellow, ORF; Co-editor, Rethinking Cities in a Post-COVID-19 World