#13 Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City: The Impact of Covid19 on the Labour Market

In this interview with GRIP for the miniseries “Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City” Janine Berg shares her insights on the unequal effects of Covid19 on the global workforce. The labour market in urban environments in the global south has been particularly affected by the pandemic, aggravating already existing inequalities. Dr. Berg argues that now is the time for countries to invest in both the care economy and in the environment.

Interview with Janine Berg

In this interview with GRIP for the miniseries “Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City” Janine Berg shares her insights on the unequal effects of Covid19 on the global workforce. The labour market in urban environments in the global south has been particularly affected by the pandemic, aggravating already existing inequalities. Dr. Berg argues that now is the time for countries to invest in both the care economy and in the environment.

Fruit and vegetable market. City of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar. Photo : Marcel Crozet/ILO, Flickr.

The Global Research Programme on Inequality’s (GRIP) series “Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City” probes how different dimensions of inequality are shaped, exacerbated, materialized or co-exist in globally diverse urban contexts. In this series, we provide insights from researchers, scholars and specialists, asking how the effects of the pandemic, including the virus itself or the intervention measures associated with it, are impacting people and communities, particularly in relation to economic, political, social, cultural, environmental and knowledge-based inequalities.

 

Next up in the series is Dr Janine Berg from the International Labour Organization,  interviewed by Elina Troscenko, Advisor and Research Coordinator in GRIP.

 

Dr Janine Berg works as a Senior Economist in the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch of the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Berg has conducted research on the economic effects of labour laws, as well as provided technical assistance to ILO constituents on policies for generating jobs and improving working conditions. She is also the author of several books and numerous articles on employment and labour market institutions. Her latest book is entitled “Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality: Building Just Societies in the 21st Century”.

Dr Janine Berg