Pandemic Recovery? Reframing and Rescaling Societal Challenges

Lauren Andres (Editor), John R. Bryson (Editor), Aksel Ersoy (Editor), Louise Reardon (Editor)

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This timely book offers an integrated and pragmatic approach to understanding recovery from all types of shocks. Whilst particular focus is given to identifying and exploring various aspects of recovering societies in the context of COVID-19, Pandemic Recovery? is framed with a wider appreciation of other societal challenges, most notably anthropogenic climate change. This forward-thinking and topical book provides expert examination of pandemic recovery in the context of reframing and rescaling broader societal challenges. Chapters offer thematic and in-depth focus, independently engaging with different aspects of recovery, simultaneously unpacking recovery in practice and in various settings. This critical analysis is split into five thematic sections exploring people, organisations, climate change and sustainability, and the policy and practice of recovery. The expert contributors highlight a clear consensus throughout that no shock is ever isolated from others and discuss how this can adversely impact recovery processes. The book further argues that this recognition paves the way for the development of a social science of recovery, but also preparedness for future shocks and the fostering of resilience. This progressive and enterprising book provides a valuable teaching resource which will be important for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD students, scholars and policymakers in a wide variety of disciplines including geography, social policy, politics, urban studies, city and regional planning, and business and management.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham/Northampton, MA
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages398
ISBN (Electronic)9781802201116
ISBN (Print)9781802201109
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • pandemics
  • COVID-19
  • shocks
  • recovery
  • resilience
  • preparedness


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