The COVID-19 pandemic: territorial, political and governance dimensions of the crisis

Klaus Dodds, Vanesa Castan Broto, Klaus Detterbeck , Martin Jones, Virginie Mamadouh, Maano Ramutsindela, Monica Varsanyi, David Wachsmuth, Chih Yuan Woon

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


As other journals issue their statements, special issues and editorials (e.g., Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2020; Political Geography, 2020; The Lancet, 2020), our contribution is designed to engage with the readers of Territory, Politics, Governance and ignite exchanges around the rapidly evolving concerns brought about by what is now deemed by many to be a global crisis. Over the last decade, this journal has sought out authors and commentators interested in the intersection of three terms: territory, politics and governance. We have not assumed that the three terms are self-evident or hermetically sealed individually and collectively. All three are slippery in the sense that they are constructed, contested and contestable at any moment in time and across space. But at a moment of crisis and long-term discombobulation, what can our key terms tell us about the contemporary and possible future state of the world? And how does the crisis sharpen or challenge our understanding of these concepts in a changing world?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalTerritory Politics Governance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Pandemic
  • politics
  • territory
  • governance

Cite this