The impact of the Covid19 pandemic on vulnerable neighbourhoods

26th of January 2021, 5pm to 6.30 pm


How does the Covid 19 pandemic influence social resilience in European cities? As part of the RWTH Aachen University Transforming City Regions programme’s public debates (TCR Talks), this panel discussion will reflect on this question using examples from three bordering countries in Europe, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. 

The coronavirus has drastically transformed many aspects of public life, including people’s ways of socialisation and sense of place. The various pandemic prevention and protection measures, such as quarantine, self-isolation and social distancing, have influenced people’s social networks and activities, especially in vulnerable neighbourhoods.

This panel brings together experts from public health, social work, geography, urban design and planning, who will share their preliminary observations during the pandemic period from vulnerable neighbourhoods in Aachen, Maastricht, Groningen, and Ghent. The panel aims to highlight key issues for communities and institutional actors to maintain social resilience during and after the pandemic period.  


  • Prof. Dr. Klasien Horstman (Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences) 
  • Dr. Mare Knibbe (Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Griet Roets (Ghent University, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy)
  • Natasha Rohde (Aachen Municipality, Department of Preparatory Land Use planning)
  • Dr Sander van Lanen (Groningen University, Faculty of Spatial Sciences)


Dr. Ceren Sezer (RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture)


  • RWTH Aachen University - Faculty of Architecture – Chair and Institute of Urban Design
  • Transforming City Regions International Programme

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 998 7910 6902
Passcode: 1i%2#S

Public event / Free participation / No registration is required.