Navigating Economic Uncertainty in Post-Covid Cities

Assisting policymakers in assessing the risk of employment vulnerability as the impacts of Covid-19 evolve.

Unlike other recessions, the economic effects related to Covid-19 are rooted in a service-sector recession. Investing in major infrastructure projects to encourage job growth is not a sustainable solution. Policymakers need to focus on building a more resilient and diverse job mix to support quality future employment opportunities.

Prof Carl Grodach

Urban Planning and Design researchers map the geography and demographics of Covid-vulnerable employment areas in all suburbs in Australia’s five largest capital cities. We then analyse the characteristics of vulnerable employment communities (residence of vulnerable workers) in Greater Melbourne. Looking at both employment areas and communities gives a more complete picture of the challenges facing Covid-vulnerable industries and workforces.