This Glasgow Centre for Population Health paper brings together learning on how place-based and environmental measures can support Glasgow’s recovery and transition from COVID-19 in ways that are inclusive, sustainable and beneficial to public health.

Housing, spatial factors, neighbourhood resources, and transport and travel are covered as aspects of urban life that have changed because of COVID-19 restrictions and their impacts. Spatial factors explored include greenspace, play spaces and the presence of vacant land across neighbourhoods.

Past pandemics have shown that changes and impacts are not experienced equally across a population, with those already facing inequality or discrimination being most likely to be adversely affected. Whole systems approaches are advocated to support recovery and transition from the pandemic and a range of recommendations relating to the more equitable and sustainable distribution of Glasgow’s built and natural resources are offered.