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Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series

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This lecture series explores how we can re-imagine our post-pandemic cities to be more inclusive, green and liveable.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified issues of urban inequality and environmental justice. Quarantine measures and the shut down of city centres have highlighted the extent to which urban land is dominated by road and car parking infrastructure. In many places, air quality has improved, nature has become more prominent and neighbours are starting to speak for the first time. This online lecture series organised by the Planning Society at Queen's University Belfast, will explore, through comparative practice, how planning can re-imagine our cities to enhance well-being through creating more vibrant, sustainable and biodiverse places.

3rd February 2021 at 15.00 BST+1

How Estonia is using digital solutions in urban planning during the pandemic and beyond with Anett Numa (e-Estonia)

Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, Estonia has built an efficient, secure and transparent ecosystem where 99% of governmental services are online. It is no surprise then that Estonians have designed numerous digital solutions to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Having lived and studied in different countries, Anett has learned to appreciate living in a digital society. Anett believes that all processes and structures of public services should be accessible and simple for every single citizen. Based on her academic background in political science, Anett focuses on enhancing good cooperation between the public and private sector to create a comprehensive and supportive environment. Her goal as a Speaker at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre is to explain the Estonian digitalisation experience and thus inspire leaders and decision-makers alike to create a better tomorrow.

10th February 2021 at 17.00 BST+1

The High Cost of Free Parking with Prof. Donald Shoup (UCLA)

Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. His research has focused on transportation, public finance, and land economics.

In his 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, Shoup recommended that cities should (1) charge fair market prices for on-street parking, (2) spend the revenue to benefit the metered areas, and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. In his 2018 edited book, Parking and the City, Shoup and 45 other academic and practicing planners examined the results in cities that have adopted these three reforms. The successful outcomes show that parking reforms can improve cities, the economy, and the environment.

Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Center. He has received the American Planning Association’s National Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer and the American Collegiate Schools of Planning’s Distinguished Educator Award.

This lecture is organised in conjunction with the Transport Planning Society (TPS).

The TPS was established in 1997 to promote and represent the interests of transport planners throughout the UK. The TPS provides professional development and a meeting place for all those working in the transport sector and leads the response to emerging policy challenges. The Society is dedicated to facilitating, developing and promoting knowledge and understanding best practice in transport planning.

The TPS is a Specialist Knowledge Society within the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is supported by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Find out more at

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