In his contribution, CRC member Ivo Mossig discusses the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for socio-economic development disparities and the role of social policy in this context.

From 6 to 8 July 2020, the research group Transient Spaces and Societies of the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck is organising a digital symposium on COVID-19 as a turning point? Geographic perspectives on spaces, societies and technologies in the pandemic. Ivo Mossig, co-director of project A01, participates with his lecture "Socio-economic differences in development and social policy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic".

Mossig starts from the observation that in times of a pandemic the social security systems in all parts of the world are put to a particularly hard test. At the same time, he notes that social policy and the security systems resulting from it are decisive elements in explaining the different consequences of the pandemic worldwide. Mossig is therefore all the more surprised that geographers have always analysed spatial socio-economic development differences but pay little attention to social policy. In his contribution to the conference, Mossig therefore highlights the interdependent relationship between socio-economic development differences and social policy. According to Mossig, the integration of such social policy research can contribute substantially to explaining social inequalities at different spatial scales. This only becomes more relevant in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Ivo Mossig
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
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