Special Issue "Spatiotemporal Effects of COVID-19 to Sustainable Regional Planning and Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Serafeim Polyzos
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Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Volos 38334, Greece
Interests: urban development; regional development; project management and project appraisal
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Dr. Dimitrios Tsiotas
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1. Department of Regional and Economic Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Nea Poli, Amfissa 33100, Greece
2. School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, Athens 10677, Greece
Interests: network science; regional economics and development; spatial and transportation networks; econophysics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 coronavirus disease (SARS-CoV-2) has become a major concern for the research community and a major priority for the governments, in an attempt to forecast the spread and to manage the effects of the pandemic. Within this complex context of global awareness, the norms governing our world tend to move into a new balance and thus our conceptualization of spatial interaction, economy, and social life needs to be reconsidered through the perspective of the social distancing restrictions imposed for COVID-19 safety. This Special Issue aims to contribute to the understanding of how regional planning and development is affected by the defragment that COVID-19 is causing to the economy worldwide, at all levels on the geographical scale and at different periods, and to highlight avenues of managing the spatiotemporal effects of the pandemic toward a sustainable context. It welcomes well-founded mainly empirical research (although theoretical ones are also welcomed) which explores, studies, and examines aspects of regional planning and development within the context of the spatiotemporal assessment of COVID-19.

The Special Issue welcomes research that studies the spatiotemporal effects of the pandemic, at all levels of geographical scale (e.g., global, international, national, interregional, regional, and urban) and within any framework or temporal reference (e.g. daily, monthly, etc.). Overall, this Special Issue intends to contribute to the revision of the conceptual links between regional planning and development and sustainability, within the context of our changing world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to promote multidisciplinary research contributing to a better conceptualization of our wonderfully complex world.

Prof. Dr. Serafeim Polyzos
Dr. Dimitrios Tsiotas
Guest Editors

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  • COVID-19 spatial and temporal spread
  • Spatiotemporal effects of COVID-19
  • Regional planning and development
  • Spatial planning and development
  • Spatial and regional economics
  • Spatial analysis

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The Effect of Mobility on the Spread of COVID-19 in Light of Regional Differences in the European Union
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5395; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105395 - 12 May 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly all over the world, affecting many countries to varying degrees. In this study, an in-depth analysis of the factors influencing the spread of COVID-19 is offered mainly through big data in the European Union (EU) context. In [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly all over the world, affecting many countries to varying degrees. In this study, an in-depth analysis of the factors influencing the spread of COVID-19 is offered mainly through big data in the European Union (EU) context. In doing so, the data of the first wave of the pandemic are assessed. Afterward, we evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 spread in specific countries and regions. Based on the existing literature, mobility is recognized as a significant direct factor affecting disease transmission. The same applies to the case of COVID-19. However, compared with the analysis of mobility itself, this paper explores more profound reasons that affect mobility, ranging from policy and economy to geographical and transportation factors. Specifically, this paper studies nine EU countries based on their population density and the degree of impact of the epidemic in the first six months (February to July 2020) of the pandemic. Our study aims to illustrate how policies, economies, and geographical locations (including transportation factors) directly or indirectly affect the spread of the novel coronavirus by applying the SEIR model to analyze all selected countries’ big data. The key findings of this research are: (1) the timeliness of relevant policies and the effectiveness of government implementation indirectly limit the spread of the epidemic by reducing population mobility; (2) a better medical level would contribute to detect, isolate, and treat patients, and help control the epidemic; and (3) the large land borders and developed transportation between countries exacerbate the spread of the COVID-19. The paper contributes to ongoing research on COVID-19 by addressing the above points. Full article
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