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Building Resilient, Smart Communities in a Post-COVID Era: Insights From Ireland

Building Resilient, Smart Communities in a Post-COVID Era: Insights From Ireland
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Author(s): Aoife Doyle (Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., Ireland), William Hynes (Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., Ireland) and Stephen M. Purcell (Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., Ireland)
Copyright: 2021
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 9
Source title: International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Carlos Nunes Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/IJEPR.20210401.oa2

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly throughout the world in early 2020. Beyond the substantial health impacts, the crisis has served as a catalyst for a dramatic shift in working practices, a greater reliance on technology, and a subsequent reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the most heavily populated parts of the planet. Indeed, the crisis has highlighted the interconnected nature of society's vulnerabilities while also demonstrating that transformational change is possible. These rapid changes have ignited debate around how to build more resilient societies and the role of planning in promoting equitable and sustainable recovery. This article presents key insights from Ireland, as policymakers grapple with these questions and the role of technology in ensuring ongoing delivery of services and a continuation of democratic processes. Specifically, this short article focuses on the impact of the pandemic on town centres and regional growth in Ireland and the potential interventions which can aid in addressing recently intensified local challenges.

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