Diana Maria Ramirez Daza

Digitales Lernen und Zusammenarbeit in der COVID-19-Pandemie

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has a long-standing experience in conceptualizing, moderating and documenting peer-learning formats on topics of integrated urban development. During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical exchange formats both locally as we as internationally are hardly possible. Therefore, bgh. has supported the City of Leipzig as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in designing and implementing virtual formats by providing the following services:

  • Conceptualizing interactive and discursive formats that pursue clear goals and consider the participants’ individual challenges during the pandemic to ensure high practical relevance (residents, city employees, national ministries)
  • Organising events that are either fully virtual or hybrid: combining onsite working groups in several location in one virtual event
  • Identifying good practices, coordinating inputs, and providing templates for virtual exchange
  • Moderating events and ensuring smooth implementation (technology, chat moderation)

Moreover, bgh. has compiled a data base of webinars and tools  for cities that cover challenges of the COVID-19 response.

Commissioned by: Several projects on behalf of the city of Leipzig and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2020

Webinars and Tools for the COVID-19 Response

Since cities around the world had started to develop different strategies and ideas to respond to the challenges that the current COVID-19 pandemic brings, a large number of webinars have taken place and tools have been developed.

These virtual events and resources have allowed cities, national governments, cooperation agencies, civil society, citizens, and other stakeholders to support and learn from each other in this challenging time. The formats have taken different forms, for example moderated discussions, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, compilation of good practices and analyses, maps and tracking tools of the virus.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has compiled a selection of the most interesting Webinars and Digital Tools that we deem useful to our partners in Germany and worldwide. We update this data base regularly with the objective of supporting cities to navigate the large offer of resources available online.



COVID-19 Response Webinars


Since cities around the world had started to develop different strategies and ideas to respond to the challenges that the current COVID-19 Pandemic brings, a large number of Webinars have taken place. These virtual events have allowed interesting discussions, peer-to-peer learning and ideas to be shared. The following table offers a selection of the most interesting ones Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has had the opportunity to listen and know about. We share it and update it regularly with the idea of support cities to navigate the large offer of Webinars available to them online by different organisations.

 OrganisationTitle of the WebinarTopicRegionDurationLink
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-Responding to a Pandemic: the view from Latin AmericaGeneral ResponseSouth America01:46:34https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMDyMPYJGA0
Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (GIZ)/NUMOBicycling is Essential: How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home OrdersCyclingNorth America01:01:53https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h1Xx_VBjbo&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=3&t=0s&ab_channel=BikeLeague
Transformative Urban Mobility InitiativeResilience and Transportation: Lessons from India in responding to COVID-19Public TransportAsia-India 01:14:16https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_QS4a6tbEc&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=16&t=0s&ab_channel=TransformativeUrbanMobilityInitiative
Transformative Urban Mobility InitiativeLessons from Rio de Janerio while responding to COVID-19Urban Mobility South America 00:39:07https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J0pwPxQ2sQ&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=17&t=0s
UN-HabitatCOVID-19 and Urban MobilityUrban Mobility Global 02:39:00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2k3UzqbfwE&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=11&t=0s
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and TransportCoronavirus and the future of Transport Planning: Fireside ChatPublic TransportGlobal 01:31:30https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1zM0hqMXU&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=7&t=0s&ab_channel=CILT
Rails to Rails ConservancyClosing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19 Full WebinarWalking and CyclingNorth America01:27:02https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9BlRCVkRk&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=4&t=30s
Eno Center for TransportationWhat COVID 19 Stimulus Packages Promise for InfrastructureUrban TransportationNorth America 00:33:32https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XOde-Q8BdI
Eno Center for TransportationHow Disruptions to Our Transportation System Can Impact Food SupplyUrban TransportationNorth America00:38:17https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrBYz7Nr3cw
ITDP:The Institute for TRansportation and Development PolicyUrbanlogue S02E01: Public Transport SOP's to ensure the health and safety of crew and passengersPublic TransportAsia-India01:34:06https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF21ASSA9A&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=19&t=0s
Urban Cycling InstitutePCCAMS Webinar - Tactical Urbanism with Claire Pascoe (Planning the Cycling City Amsterdam (PCCAMS) is a 3 week summer school offered by the University of Amsterdam.)Tactical UrbanismGlobal00:57:20https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z72np4QHjBA&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=5&t=0s
Global NGO AllianceAlliance Live Session: COVID-19, Safer Roads, and Urban PlanningSafer Roads and Urban PlanningGlobal 01:01:08https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqmP4M-rAVQ&list=PLIVRqurwrTfGeF2vyJAABo7C0HwYcLP7o&index=5
Global NGO AllianceAlliance Live Session 2 - What COVID19 is teaching us about sustainable mobilitySustainable Mobility Global 01:03:02https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmZdzj07JFY
Global NGO AllianceLive Session 4: Inequalities during the COVID-19 CrisisInequality Global 00:57:17https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tzc5PzWLE
Global NGO AllianceAlliance Live Session 3 - Health Systems and COVID-19Public HealthGlobal 01:04:40https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X4lQgFVcpA
Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (GIZ)/NUMOCombating COVID 19 The Shenzhen Bus Group’s experiencePublic TransportAsia00:59:11https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO36FxYUZEY&t=1814s
Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (GIZ)/NUMOTactical Urbanism as COVID 19 ResponseTactical UrbanismAmerica 01:00:58https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Bkd-oYzMg
Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (GIZ)/NUMOLessons from India in responding to COVID-19Public TransportAsia01:14:16https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_QS4a6tbEc&list=PLIVRqurwrTfF4wzE3y-0D92-KPB7uolug&index=5&t=0s
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)#BeyondTheOutbreak Live Learning - Building the Community ( playlist)Community BuildingGlobal00:05:07https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEo-W7zvAxE&list=PLjB7fxFUzO8w_lFprAoYw_gktH7M4M0rl
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)1st Moderated roundtable: Local government finances and COVID-19 – key challenges and solutionLocal financesGlobal00:56:39https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlLXeXmzGhw
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)2nd Moderated roundtable: Imagining the tomorrow #BeyondTheOutbreakPost Covid- 19 measures Global 00:54:56https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYtWDr_1J9A
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)How to support migrant communities, leverage their socio-economic contribution to the emergency?MigrationGlobal00:40:59https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4rwMbbyXeU
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)How to reach local communities regardless of their legal status, living or work condition?MigrationGlobal 00:37:26https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2rVEqUYhes
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)1st roundtable Addressing informalities in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and beyondInformalitiesGlobal 00:42:56https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uawWpHnYNR4
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)2nd Moderated roundtable Addressing informalities in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and beyondInformalitiesGlobal 01:13:33https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsTopIFWDw
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)1st Moderated roundtable: Local Action and Challenges Impact of the crisis and initial measuresCovid-19 ImpactGlobal00:54:29https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xtHv5Oac5U
ICLEI GlobalRecovering from Pandemic: Transforming cities through subnational leadership (Apr 29, 2020)Cities‘ LeadershipGlobal01:09:21https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mshLXQIwXl4
ICLEI GlobalCity Resilience Stories Webinar Series - COVID-19: Coping, Learning & Building Urban ResilienceUrban resilienceGlobal 00:59:32https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bDe3NjKlVM
University College of London -The Bartlett Development Planning UnitThe COVID-19 “Crisis” in Contested Cities and Divided SocietiesPost Covid-19 citiesGlobal South 01:03:01https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYlwzWXEDlE
World BankCities at Risk - How Can we Manage Impact of the Coronavirus on Urban Areas?Covid-19 Impact managementGlobal 00:29:33https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RYSTCdbX4Q
World BankSupporting Companies and Preserving Jobs Through the PandemicCovid-19 Impact managementGlobal 00:30:40https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6WatwFnvbg&list=PLopq6yGfmFAve2Oj-g4mPzZnt_rMwd9Ts&index=2
World BankFragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against PovertyConflict Global 01:12:12https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS_7xfXN9Ro&list=PLopq6yGfmFAve2Oj-g4mPzZnt_rMwd9Ts&index=5
World BankHow Can we Sustain Jobs and Provide a Safety Net for those Most in Need?Covid-19 Impact management (jobs)Global 00:28:46https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRGDOHDoJU&list=PLopq6yGfmFAve2Oj-g4mPzZnt_rMwd9Ts&index=6
World BankResponding to Coronavirus: How can we Strengthen Global Healthcare to Handle the Pandemic?Health careGlobal00:40:20https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrrZGQcPJ6Y&list=PLopq6yGfmFAve2Oj-g4mPzZnt_rMwd9Ts&index=13
Interamerican Development BankWaze for Cities Presents: Incorporating Waze traffic data into COVID-19 impact monitoringTools for Covid-19 impact monitoringAmerica01:03:33https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Fdv-3u17E
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNDRR COVID-19 Webinar 3: Resilience of Local GovernmentsIntegration of public health and disaster risk management Global01:18:55https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMf4RC57At8
Rails-to-Trails ConservancyClosing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19 Full WebinarTransportationAmerica 01:27:02https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9BlRCVkRk
GIZ/TUMI/ NUMO AllianceResilience & Transportation: Lessons from Latin America's Response to COVID-19TransportationSouth America 00:59:56https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w-JrODngVE
Toronto Region/ Urban Land Institute TorontoRichard Florida: How can Toronto re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic?Reopening/Post Covid-19 measuresNorth America 00:47:41https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVj6u2CmBss
Boston Metropolitan Area Planning CouncilResponding to Food Insecurity During the COVID 19 CrisisFood AccessNorth America 01:04:01https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXNYE0tWEWQ
UnescoUNESCO learning cities' response to COVID-19 - Health and well-beingPublic HealthGlobal/Europe/UK/Latin America01:22:27https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s09x7Chr1c
UnescoUNESCO learning cities' response to COVID-19 - Distance educationEducationGlobal/Asia 01:09:05https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2VpBVxp-wA
OECDCOVID-19 and cultural and creative sectors. Impact, policy responses and opportunitiesEconomy Global 02:03:22https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlmafdIZ7Tc
OECDThe world changed by COVID-19. Policy, economy, societyImpact of Covid-19Global 02:09:27https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N55_4Ml5YzE
OECDCOVID-19 and museums. Impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis.Post Covid-19 measuresGlobal 01:30:53https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIo_8VWMU6o
GIZ/TUMI/ NUMO AllianceResilience and Transportation: International best practices of funding instruments after Covid-19Public TransportationGlobal 01:31:46https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD-pa3Nu_h8
NUMO and SAE's Mobility Data Collaborative.Micromobility & Your City: Leveraging Mobility Data to Achieve Policy OutcomesPublic TransportationGlobal 01:02:05https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcNj3eFmvqM&feature=youtu.be
UNDRR, WHO, UCLG and ICLECOVID-19: Responding, Re-opening and Recovery Towards Resilience of CitiesEconomyGlobal 01:32:55https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdTr_90Hvxc&feature=youtu.be
ICLEI/FAOCities and Covid-19 - food access for vulnerable communities in practiceFood AccessGlobal01:21:34https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpfoiCtR7AA
ICLEIShaping a resilient post-COVID-19 urban era with nature and effective planning in AfricaResilient citiesAfrica01:02:59https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mRyamtyXH0&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164
ICLEIBuilding sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic: Lessons from past & present crisesSustainable CitiesAfrica01:29:17https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEAscy4lzEg&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164&index=5
NUMOResilience & Transportation: Lessons from China's & Bangladesh's Responses to COVID-19Urban MobilityAsia03:32:00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ovc7M3bLjA&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=NUMOAlliance
NUMOResilience and Transportation: How risky is it to use public transport?Public TransportLatin America01:28:41https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-IsKsEmKqs&feature=youtu.be
ICLEIFood, Climate and Covid-19: Stories from our CitiesFood AccessAfrica01:36:23https://bit.ly/3k8Dq5I
ICLEIApplying the principles of resilience building and DRR for the unexpectedResilient citiesGlobal01:00:38https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uo-S36-sc0&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164&index=5&t=0s
Learntech AcceleratorLEA Webinar 19: Tales from teachers – how has or could technology help in this current crisis?EducationGlobal01:10:49https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P63LHsj1zzo&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164&index=14&t=0s
CoMOSSAfricaLessons from past & present crisesResilient citiesAfrica01:29:17https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4j41RFwsgc&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164&index=15&t=0s
CoMOSSAfricaAdaptation finance: A core component of post-COVID-19 economic recoveryEconomic RecoveryAfrica01:24:55https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2qphiv4fa8&list=PLsgoH3BX-BpSDXnICAAM6q3b6H8ydv164&index=16&t=0s
UNDRRExamining the Impact of COVID-19 on the SDGsSustainable Development GoalsGlobal 01:07:57https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et30gCGyXz8&list=PLTJFOAESh2hvU67Kh81q6HbnC0G5l_cQJ&index=10&t=0s
UNDRRBusiness continuity in the era of Covid-19EconomyGlobal 01:29:26https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJanMI7LJOM&list=PLTJFOAESh2hvU67Kh81q6HbnC0G5l_cQJ&index=13&t=0s
UNDRRResilience of Local Governments ( integrated public health and Disaster Risk Management)Resilient citiesGlobal01:18:55https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMf4RC57At8&list=PLTJFOAESh2hvU67Kh81q6HbnC0G5l_cQJ&index=12&t=20s
LSEEmergency Governance Initiative COVID-19Problem Solving Global00:30:00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcgvDyUT6zw&list=PLUYdXYRUDvcthYwZf3B3UkXVqT9wk4UgA&index=1&ab_channel=UrbanAge
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityEurope's Cities Fit for Future Kick-off SessionIntegrated Urban DevelopmentEurope02:35:04https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdyCIyVECcU&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DVBerlin
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityEurope's Cities Fit for Future - Productive CityIntegrated Urban DevelopmentEurope01:56:15https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNAqNCbIjGo&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DVBerlin
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityEurope's Cities Fit for Future - Green CityIntegrated Urban DevelopmentEurope02:11:33https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQUOjxvZhJo&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DVBerlin
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityEurope's Cities Fit for Future - Just CityIntegrated Urban DevelopmentEurope02:04:59https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNOEXa7TmsQ&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DVBerlin
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityEurope's Cities Fit for Future -Final SessionIntegrated Urban DevelopmentEurope02:38:20https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chDhqhgBBM8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DVBerlin
ICLEI AfricaSharing COVID-19 experiences from top leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape and global expertsCovid-19 Impact managementAfrica01:32:02https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf_4sorjHHs&ab_channel=ICLEIAfrica
TUMI'How to transform a city with walking and cycling for & after Covid 19'Public TransportationEurope01:29:49https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxCk5w9nQU&ab_channel=TransformativeUrbanMobilityInitiative
London School of Economics and Political ScienceRegional growth, local development and EuroscepticismRegional Developmpent and integrationEurope01:01:33https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=967977693690033&ref=watch_permalink
NUMO Lessons from Africa's Response to Covid-19Resilience and TransportationAfrica54:01:00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAwVDFSjLYQ&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=NUMOAlliance
TUMITemporary Bike Lanes in Bogota, ColombiaTransportationSouth America00:09:29https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf_4sorjHHs&ab_channel=ICLEIAfrica
London School of Economics and Political ScienceA Stronger Role for Urban Agriculture in Times of Crisis and BeyondUrban AgricultureGlobal01:00:50https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=447686932862973&ref=watch_permalink
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE -Now or Never: Crafting the Global COVID-19 ResponseGeneral ResponseGlobal01:21:25https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs3Bk7OEEi8
London School of Economics and Political ScienceThe Great Reversal in the Time of COVID-19 General ResponseGlobal01:29:07https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qWJAy6ETfQ&ab_channel=LSE
London School of Economics and Political ScienceGovernment Assistance to Struggling Businesses in the COVID-19 Crisis EconomyGlobal01:30:29https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2zqj7BOsLI
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-COVID-19 and its Impact on Euro Atlantic SecuritySecurityEurope01:31:05https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8nWmhGCx_I
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-Europe in the Time of Coronavirus: responding to the political and economic challenges of COVID-19EconomyEurope01:24:01https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4AMLjdcdmE

Tools for Coronavirus response

Source: Infographia

Since cities around the world had started to develop different strategies and ideas to respond to the challenges that the current COVID-19 Pandemic brings, a large number of tools have been put available online for cities to share their knowledge, inform themselves, map and track the virus. The following table offers a selection of the most interesting tools Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has found online. We share it and update it regularly with the idea of support cities to navigate the large offer of tools available to them online by different organisations.

 OrganisationTitleType of toolTopicLink
GoogleMobility DataViewer DataViewerMobilityhttps://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/
TUMICOVID Mobility Works (collecting, synethsizing and sharing mobility responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.)Platform (collecting, synethsizing and sharing mobility responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery)Mobilityhttps://www.covidmobilityworks.org/
NUMO New Mobility Atlas Allows to view changes to the shared, dockless micromobility landscape in cities around the worldData viewer https://www.numo.global/new-mobility-atlas#5.49/51.309/12.626
UCLGCovid-19 Service PointBank of ideasExchange Platformhttps://www.citiesforglobalhealth.org/
C40 Knowledge Hub Exchange PlatformGeneral responsehttps://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/index-of-coronavirus-covid-19-journalism-and-other-resources?language=en_US
ICLEIHow three urban food gardens are contributing towards social cohesion in South AfricaBank of IdeasRecoveryhttps://africa.iclei.org/how-three-urban-food-gardens-are-contributing-towards-social-cohesion-in-south-africa/
The GuardianNews'A new normal': how coronavirus will transform transport in Britain's citiesArticle https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/18/a-new-normal-how-coronavirus-will-transform-transport-in-britains-cities
URBACTComplete Set o Tools and resources for Integrated & Participative Working ToolkitGeneral responsehttps://urbact.eu/toolbox-home
PlanetizenPlanetizen-Covid -19Analysis and articles General responsehttps://www.planetizen.com/tag/covid-19
URBACTURBACT city responses to Covid 19Map of ideasExchange Platformhttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/edit?mid=1f5PSeH6hwo1ATDXqaMr5c_6kOs1W0WJ8&ll=45.050281651683235%2C24.112216342931777&z=4
City of SingaporeSingapore App ( Covid tracker)Apphttps://www.tracetogether.gov.sg/
European Committee of the RegionLive updates COVID-19. European cities respond to the coronavirus crisisBank of Ideas of European CitiesGeneral responsehttps://covidnews.eurocities.eu/
London School of Economics and Political ScienceBlogBlogPlanninghttps://blogs.lse.ac.uk/progressingplanning/2020/04/02/covid-19-a-call-for-resilient-cities/
Living Cities -LSEReflections on COVID-19 and Public Space Use in Kuwait: The Potential of a New ‘Normal’BlogPublic Spacehttps://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/05/06/reflections-on-covid-19-and-public-space-use-in-kuwait-the-potential-of-a-new-normal/?mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
 European Union’s Horizon 2020-LSEThe Post-Coronavirus MetropolisBlogGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/cities/publications/blogs/The-Post-Coronavirus-Metropolis?mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
World Resources InstituteBiking Provides a Critical Lifeline During the Coronavirus CrisisBlogMobilityhttps://www.wri.org/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-biking-critical-in-cities?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=ncecities&utm_campaign=socialmedia&utm_term=50b82dae-a52d-4003-beba-a8b19c30d12c&mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
World BankUrban Density Is Not an Enemy in the Coronavirus Fight: Evidence from ChinaBlogGeneral responsehttps://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/urban-density-not-enemy-coronavirus-fight-evidence-china?CID=WBW_AL_BlogNotification_EN_EXT?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_EN_EXT?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_EN_EXT&mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
IIEDDealing with COVID-19 in the towns and cities of the global SouthBlogGeneral responsehttps://www.iied.org/dealing-covid-19-towns-cities-global-south?mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
London School of Economics and Political ScienceBrazil’s urban inequalities will exacerbate the impacts of Covid-19BlogSocial inequalityhttps://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2020/04/14/brazils-urban-inequalities-will-exacerbate-the-impacts-of-covid-19/?mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=715936da20
BrookingsHow our cities can reopen after rhe COVID-19 pandemic:A ten-point preparedness plan for our communitiesBlog/GuidelineEconomyhttps://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/03/24/how-our-cities-can-reopen-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/
The GuardianNewsCity leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisisArticlehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/city-leaders-aim-to-shape-green-recovery-from-coronavirus-crisis
European UnionThe EU's Assembly of Regional and Local RepresentativesCOVID- 19 Action PlanGeneral responsehttps://cor.europa.eu/en/engage/Documents/CoR-Action-plan-on-Covid19_24March2020%20.pdf
National League of Cities The Partnership for Healthy CitiesCOVID-19: LOCAL ACTION TRACKER ( Only US )Best practiceshttps://covid19.nlc.org/resources/covid-19-local-action-tracker/
Urban FootprintCOVID-19: Mapping and Measuring Community Impact with UrbanFootprintCOVID-19: Mapping and Measuring Community Impact with UrbanFootprint case counting https://urbanfootprint.com/covid-19/
London School of Economics and Political ScienceCOVID-19 MONITORS OF RELEVANCE TO URBAN AND REGIONAL GOVERNANCEData Analytics Note/Newslater/knowledge hubGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/cities/Assets/Documents/EGI-Publications/Analytics-Note-01.pdf
Euro CitiesCovid NewsEuropean cities respond to the coronavirus crisis. Bank of ideasExchange Platformhttps://covidnews.eurocities.eu/
Living Cities Living Cities BlogIdeas and Resources for How Cities Can Attack the COVID-19 Crisis ( US) General responsehttps://www.livingcities.org/blog/1418-ideas-and-resources-for-how-cities-can-attack-the-covid-19-crisis
Smart Cities WorldSmart Cities WorldInformation Hub about the strategies cities are deploying globally to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemicGeneral responsehttps://www.smartcitiesworld.net/coronavirus?aokeywords=&aoca=143&aocr=187&cc=870&campaignRef=1
BrookingsBrookings Coronavirus response Knowledge hub Exchange Platformhttps://www.brookings.edu/topic/coronavirus-covid19/
Metropolis Covid-19 Service PointBank of IdeasGeneral responsehttps://use.metropolis.org/news/covid-19-service-point
The GuardianNewsLarge areas of London to be made car-free as lockdown easedArticlehttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/15/large-areas-of-london-to-be-made-car-free-as-lockdown-eased
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-EventsList of Online Public Events with experts related to the responce to Corona VirusEventshttps://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/Search-Events
C40Mayours Task ForceMayors Task Force General responsehttps://www.c40.org/press_releases/global-mayors-covid-19-recovery-task-force
Eno Centre for TransportationCOVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCESNews & Resources HubMobilityhttps://www.enotrans.org/covid19/
Brookings/Richard Florida/Steven PedigoCity Talks: Richard Florida on the future of cities after the CoronavirusPodcastGeneral responsehttps://www.centreforcities.org/podcast/city-talks-richard-florida/?mc_cid=a0e306b78b&mc_eid=7
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE- What does gender have to do with pandemics?PodcastGenderhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4878
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE- COVID-19 and DeglobalisationPodcastGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4876
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-Assessing the Economic Impact of COVID-19PodcastEconomyhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4880
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-Transboundary Crisis Management in Europe in the Wake of COVID-19PodcastGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4882
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLSE-Data–driven Responses to COVID–19: opportunities and limitationsPodcastGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4893
The Economist and UNOPSThe future of public spending: responses to covid-19 ( information to increase City'S ability of governments to source what they need—quickly, efficiently and responsibly)ReportFunding and resourceshttps://unops.economist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Thefutureofpublicspending_responsestocovid19.pdf
National Association of City Transportation Officials ( Nacto) (84 North American cities) + Bloomberg PhilanthropiesStreets for Pandemic Response and Recovery GuideMobilityhttps://nacto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/NACTO_Streets-for-Pandemic-Response-and-Recovery_2020-06-25.pdf
European ComissionEGCN 100% Renewable ToolkitToolkitRenewable energy https://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EGCN-toolkit-renewable.pdf
TUMI ( and others)TUMITwitter HandleMobilityhttps://twitter.com/TUMInitiative/status/1237106414038003713
City of Tbilisi, GeorgiaTbilisi-Georgia Website to raise awareness on CoronaWebsiteGood practicehttps://stopcov.ge/en
City of Bogota, ColombiaBogota-Colombia Website that compiles all relevant information about the response to Corona in the city: WebsiteGood practicehttps://bogota.gov.co/coronavirus-en-bogota/
New York UniversityTHE CORONAVIRUS AND THE CITIESWorking PaperGeneral responsehttps://marroninstitute.nyu.edu/uploads/content/The_Coronavirus_and_the_Cities%2C_27_March_data%2C_final_draft_31_March_2020_VersApril3.pdf
European UnionThe EU's Assembly of Regional and Local RepresentativesMap of EU initiativesGeneral responsehttps://cor.europa.eu/en/regions?view=stories
C40C40 Mayors’ Agenda for a Green and Just RecoveryPolicy Brief Recoveryhttps://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/article/C40-Mayors-Agenda-for-a-Green-and-Just-Recovery?language=en_US
C40A green, just and job-rich COVID-19 recovery: How cities can rapidly boost good, local employmentImplementation GuideRecoveryhttps://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/article/A-green-just-and-job-rich-COVID-19-recovery-How-cities-can-rapidly-boost-good-local-employment?language=en_US&utm_campaign=Green+and+Just+Recovery&utm_medium=C40+newsletter&utm_source=C40+newsletter
C40Priorities for mayors for a green post-COVID recovery: global perspectivesArticleRecoveryhttps://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/article/Priorities-for-mayors-for-a-green-post-COVID-recovery-global-perspectives?language=en_US&utm_campaign=Green+and+Just+Recovery&utm_medium=C40+newsletter&utm_source=C40+newsletter
C40Housing and COVID-19: How cities are supporting tenants, homeowners and homeless peopleImplementation GuideHousinghttps://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/article/How-cities-are-supporting-residents-in-the-formal-housing-market-during-COVID-19?language=en_US&utm_campaign=14+May+mailing&utm_medium=C40+newsletter&utm_source=C40+newsletter
NUMOLeveraging Data to Achieve Policy Outcomes.Mobility Data ToolMobility https://policydata.numo.global/
NUMOMoMobility Card Game (English)Card Game Mobility https://www.numo.global/resources/momobility-card-game-english
Various NGOsShared Mobility Principles for Livable CitiesPolicy Brief ( Principles)Mobility https://www.sharedmobilityprinciples.org/
ICLEIICLEI Africa supports local and subnational governments during COVID-19Bank of IdeasGeneral responsehttps://africa.iclei.org/covid-19/
ICLEIICLEI Europe supports local and subnational governments during COVID-19Bank of IdeasGeneral responsehttps://iclei-europe.org/news/?c=search&uid=aZrFc6eq
World BankAnnual Private Participation in Infrastructure Database Global Report, 2019Data Economyhttps://ppi.worldbank.org/content/dam/PPI/documents/private-participation-infrastructure-annual-2019-report.pdf
ICLEISustainability and Local Governments in the Context of the COVID-19 PandemicBlog Recoveryhttps://talkofthecities.iclei.org/sustainability-and-local-governments-in-the-context-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/
LSEEmergency Governance Initiative COVID-19Policy Brief General responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/cities/Assets/Documents/EGI-Publications/PB01-final-for-publication.pdf
South African GovernmentCOVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource PortalWebsiteGeneral responsehttps://sacoronavirus.co.za/
Gauteng City-Region ObservatoryResponding to the COVID-19 pandemic in GautengData and InformationGeneral responsehttps://www.gcro.ac.za/research/project/detail/responding-covid-19-pandemic-gauteng/
NUMORELEASE: Passenger Distancing Not Sole Factor in Preventing Spread of COVID-19 on Public Transportation, Research FindsStudy release Public Transporthttps://www.numo.global/news/release-passenger-distancing-not-sole-factor-preventing-spread-covid-19-public-transportation
#COVID19 transmission risks and infection rates in public transport Twitter ThreadPublic Transporthttps://twitter.com/TUMInitiative/status/1266662574453673985
TUMIUrban transport: How to save costs and how to generate revenuesTwitter ThreadPublic Transporthttps://twitter.com/TUMInitiative/status/1305524763230601217
C40Smart Cities Activator2020 COVID-19 MITIGATION ROADMAP (US)( Free Registration)General responsehttps://smartcitiescouncil.com/webform/account-request-form-smart-cities-activator-andor-2021-readiness-challenge
London School of Economics and Political ScienceShaping the Post-COVID WorldKnowledge hubGeneral responsehttps://www.lse.ac.uk/Research/covid
London School of Economics and Political ScienceThe Covid-19 response: Governance Challenges and Innovations by Cities and Regions
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London School of Economics and Political ScienceA Stronger Role for Urban Agriculture in Times of Crisis and BeyondBlog
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Digitalisierung und Zivilgesellschaft in Leipzig

The city of Leipzig plans to strengthen civil society organizations as key players in shaping the digital transformation in Leipzig by building up a “network of competence” with advice and support services.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) is supporting the Department “Digital City” in the following topics:

  • Elaborating a status quo analysis of the current level of maturity of civil society organizations in digitalization in Leipzig
  • Developing a potential analysis with a focus on opportunities that lie in the increased digitalization of the practices of civil society organizations.
  • The aforementioned analysis is supplemented by a case study research
  • Providing recommendations for the conception of advice and funding offers to support the city of Leipzig in the process of establishing the network of competence

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig
Period: 2020

Conference and Policy Brief : The Role of Cities in Regional Development of Georgia

Georgia experienced significant decline in population in the first decade of its independence. Recent census also revealed continued decline in the number of overall population, nevertheless some areas show stabilization and even recovery. The recovery process is mainly observed in urban population.

The Urban System of the country is composed generally by towns but the most population lives in the cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants. This represents four cities out of which only the Capital has over a million population. Apart from the four cities, the rest of the urban settlements fall below 50.000 inhabitants.

Against this background, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) supported the GIZ Local Governance South Caucasus in the following fields:

  • Facilitating a workshop with key stakeholders to come up with a concept on the role of towns in regional development
  • Delivering a presentation on the German spatial and urban planning system
  • Elaborating a policy brief to define the potential role of cities in Georgia in regional

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period:  2018 – 2019

Projektkurzevaluierung: Regionalfonds „Verwaltungsreform in der Östlichen Partnerschaft“

The objective of the Eastern Partnership Regional Fund for Public Administration Reform  is to support the Eastern Partnership countries  (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine)  to successfully implement public administration reforms. The Fund promotes the establishment of professional networks and communities of practitioners to generate peer-learning and to foster capacity building. This process takes place through piloting innovative approaches for public administration and transnational knowledge exchange. It also aims at improving the regulatory and institutional framework needed in the respective countries for the implementation of reforms.

The project evaluation carried out by Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) included a desktop analysis, an evaluation mission to Georgia and Armenia and reporting, and focused on the following areas:

  • Evaluation of the sub-measures of the project
  • To provide conclusions and recommendations for the conception of the follow-up project based on the evaluation of selected sub-measures
  • To lay the foundations for the review mission of the subsequent phase of the regional fund

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Period: 2019

Kapazitätsbedarfe bei der Schaffung nachhaltiger und klimafreundlicher Infrastruktur

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the projects “C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF)” and the “Financing Energy for Low Carbon Investment – Cities Advisory Facility (FELICITY)”, which support the provision of urban infrastructure. In order to ensure that their advice and support are tailored to the needs of their partner cities, the projects carry out comprehensive capacity needs assessments. The determined capacity needs form the basis for anticipating need for advice and support services for the planning and provision (including financing) of urban infrastructure.


The Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) evaluated a total of 16 capacity needs assessments in cities with the following objectives:

  • Comparative analysis of the carried out assessments of the capacity requirement
  • Outline of the anticipated advice and funding needs as well as primary fields of action
  • Recommendations for action to adapt GIZ’s advisory services

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Period: 2019

Introducing our new Blog


Searching on the internet about urban development can be a nerve-racking experience. Frequently, the results end up in shiny best practice case studies or distract the reader with the latest ranking of the most polluted, the densest, the most expensive cities or the most liveable ones. Others might end up with checklists of the ten commandments to “make our cities friendlier for cyclists”, “better adapted for climate change” or “best prepared for the 21st century”.

Urban planning enjoys (or maybe suffers from) a particular characteristic. It is a field that is known and experienced – in one or the other – by a large portion of the world’s population. More than half of the world’s population (specifically 55.27% in 2019) spend most of their lives living in cities. Hence, urban planning can be compared to other disciplines such as law or politics; fields that we all deal with in one way or another. The way every person experiences these fields depends not only on the place we live at but is also influenced by our lifestyle, preferences, job, age, gender, health, financial conditions, and sometimes, even religion and physical appearance.

There are different approaches to urban issues. This section of our website is dedicated to reflections upon our own observations and to present opinions that are the results of our office team’s double profile as everyday residents and as urban planners, with an academic and professional education in the field, and also in additional disciplines such as architecture, public administration and law.

Our objective is not to provide answers. We won’t reveal the hidden truth that hasn’t been discovered yet. Instead, we aim at providing informed and concise reflections to bring urban development closer to any reader interested.

Experiencing a host city for the first time

Moving to a new city can be a life-changing experience. In some cases, it could be compared with how brown bears must feel at the beach or colorful amazonic parrots in the Sahara Desert. We humans face enormous challenges when finding ourselves living in a different city than the one we were born or settled for a long time. Tips and advice for all brave individuals experiencing it can be as multi-faceted as the reasons why people move to a different city. Let’s construct two hypotheses that influence the experience of moving to a new city:

  • Firstly, moving to a new city is better when it is the consequence of a voluntary decision for a change in personal life or as a family decision. In comparison, moving to another city as a last resource due to an insecure or non-viable situation that pushes people to abandon their home cities and frequently their countries, entails a completely different set of “arrival experiences”.
  • Secondly, the experience is presumably better when there is a clear plan on how one will spend his/her time productively, studying or working for example, than when there is not certain plan on how life will look like in the new place.

Many scholars and policy-makers have conceptualized groups of cities such as “destination cities” or “host cities”, “arrival cities”, “refugee cities” or “sanctuary cities” due to the large migration they received or are receiving presently. But in general terms, any city can be a destination or a welcoming city. The way its administrations, businesses and residents act as hosts can make the way a new-comer experiences a city for the first time either a nightmare or an enriching and inspiring experience.

Are you and longtime resident of your city? Do you consider yourself a local or a fully adapted and integrated long-term migrant? Or do you perceive yourself, on the other hand, as temporary or permanent “guest” in a new city? Regardless of your answer, you might possibly be interested in the following  examples which we use to reflect on the framework in host cities and to understand the challenges newcomers likely face in any city.

Sofiya Chuhuyevets

M.Sc. Urban Design

Employee at Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) in Leipzig

Project manager for competitions and awarding at D&K drost consult GmbH, Hamburg

Internship at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the global project Connective Cities, Bonn

Masters degree in Urban Design (M.Sc.) at HafenCity University Hamburg

Internship at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the project “Municipal Development and Old Town Redevelopment in Lviv, Ukraine”.

Internship at Ranger Design im Bereich Innenarchitektur und Ausstellungsgestaltung, Stuttgart

Bachelor’s degree in Innenarchitektur  (B.A.) at the  Fachhochschule Rosenheim