Recovery and renewal from Covid-19: A year of The Manchester Briefing

One year since the launch of The Manchester Briefing, this podcast explores and collates the key lessons and themes that have emerged from around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2020, at the height of the first wave of COVID-19 across Europe, academics at Alliance Manchester Business School and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute launched The Manchester Briefing – a fortnightly document that brings together international lessons for local and national government recovery and renewal in the wake of the pandemic.

The Briefing, which has been successfully distributed across the world, has been specifically aimed at those who plan and implement recovery from COVID-19, including government emergency planners and resilience officers.

We were joined by a panel of emergency managers who shared their local experiences of COVID-19 responses, early recovery efforts, where their cities are now, and the challenges that lie ahead in terms of recovery and renewal.


Duncan Shaw – Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems, Alliance Manchester Business School

Piero Pelizzaro – Chief Resilience Officer, Milan, Italy

Luis Carvalho – Civil Protection, Municipal Service, Amadora, Portugal

Katia Tynan – Manager, Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction, City of Vancouver, Canada

Chair: Harald Dragar, President of The International Emergency Managers Society (TIEMS), Norway


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