The impact of the Covid19 pandemic on vulnerable neighbourhoods

Tuesday, 26th of January 2021, 5.00 pm - digital

Observations from Aachen, Maastricht, Groningen and Gent.


Date: 26 January 2021

Time: 17:00 – 18:30


Zoom Link:

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

Public event / Free participation / No registration is required. 



How does the Covid 19 pandemic influence social reliance 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. 



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



  • 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)
  • Dr Sander van Lanen (Groningen University, Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
  • Prof Dr Griet Roets (Ghent University, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy)