Coronavirus and Urbanisation: Do Pandemics Are Anti-Urban?

19 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2020 Last revised: 18 May 2020

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Sergey Avetisyan

Central Bank of Armenia; Brusov State University

Date Written: May 16, 2020


Cities and urban thinking might be challenged by the present reality of quarantine, social distancing, and global disconnection. Will, all of these, drive a change in the way we plan and manage cities? This study seeks to do a literature review on the relationship between cities and pandemics. I argue that this crisis has potentially three lasting effects on urban economy, urban planning and design. First, importance's of urban economics during the crisis. Second, it can question some of the essential assumptions of our municipal system and imaginary, and call upon a debate on principles of both design and organisation of cities. Third, it can cause a severe reform of often tokenistic smart city models towards a more substantial digital skeleton for towns.

Keywords: urbanisation, housing, pandemics, coronavirus crisis, COVID-19

JEL Classification: N9, O18, R00, R5, Z1

Suggested Citation

Avetisyan, Sergey, Coronavirus and Urbanisation: Do Pandemics Are Anti-Urban? (May 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Sergey Avetisyan (Contact Author)

Central Bank of Armenia ( email )

6 Vazgen Sargsyan
Yerevan, 0010

Brusov State University ( email )

Toumanyan 42
Yerevan, 0002

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