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Urban Studies, city life, and COVID-19 [podcast]

Oxford Bibliographies celebrates its 10th anniversary this year; in a decade, OBO has grown from 10 subject areas to over 40, and this fall will see the introduction of a new subject area that is highly relevant to our COVID-19-afflicted times: Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies.

Urban studies is a broad interdisciplinary field that encompasses everything from the social sciences and the humanities to architecture, engineering, and environmental science, to name just a few subfields. What connects scholars across these disciplines is the emphasis on the lived experiences in specific places featuring large, dense, and heterogenous populations—basically, city life and everything that comes with it.

Our episode of The Oxford Comment today features interviews with scholars involved in the launch of Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies. Editor-in-Chief Richard Dilworth and authors Zack Taylor (“Toronto”) and James Mansell (“Urban Soundscapes”) spoke with us about the new OBO subject at large, their individual contributions, and attempted to answer for us the question on everyone’s mind: what is the future of cities in a post-COVID world?

Zack Taylor quote

Featured image credit: Sunset on Union Street South, abandoned due to COVID-19 lockdowns, May 2020. Eden, Janine and Jim, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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