Digital platforms and socio-spatial justice in the (post-)pandemic city

The special issue of Digital Geography and Society I co-edited with Filippo Celata on “Digital platforms and socio-spatial justice in the (post-)pandemic city” is now finalised and out!

The Special Issue wishes to contribute to the literature on the new urban geographies produced through and by the digital, focusing on how platforms reproduce or alter socio-spatial hierarchies and inequalities, and entangle categories of identity, race, gender, class, and location, in light of the consequences of the Covid-19 and the changing organization of cities and urban life in the (post-)pandemic scenario. The pandemic permits exploring with particular depth how the ownership, management and use of digital (hard and soft) infrastructures interact with the physical, economic, and social life of the city, and what the consequences are.

Our introductory piece and all the contributions are fully open-access and can be downloaded from the journal website (see below), spread the voice!

The special issue includes the following contributions:

– Filippo Celata, Chiara Certomà “Digital platforms and socio-spatial justice in the (post-)pandemic city: Introduction to the special issue“, Digital Geography and Society (2022),

– Natasha A. Webster, Qian Zhang, “Intersectional understandings of the role and meaning of platform-mediated work in the pandemic Swedish welfare state”.

– Yannick Ecker, Anke Strüver, “Towards alternative platform futures in post-pandemic cities? A case study on platformization and changing socio-spatial relations in on-demand food delivery”.

– Felipe Mello Rose, “The unexpected persistence of non-corporate platforms: The role of local and network embeddedness”.

– Yung Au, “Protest, pandemic, & platformisation in Hong Kong: Towards cities of alternatives”.

– Inka Santala, Pauline McGuirk, “Communal sharing within and beyond digital platforms: Prefiguring interdependent sharing cities”. 

– Antonello Romano, “The shifting geographies of digital intermediation: the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on short-term rentals in Italian cities”.

– Myrto Dagkouli-Kyriakoglou, Simone Tulumello, Agustin Cocola-Gant, Chiara Iacovone, Dimitris Pettas, “Digital mediated short-term rentals in the (post-)pandemic city”.

– Niccolò Cuppini, Mattia Frapporti, Maurilio Pirone, “When cities meet platforms: Towards a trans-urban approach”.

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