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Young Urbanist – DeliverMe: Last Mile Gig Urbanism [online]

April 27, 2020 @ 18:30 - 19:30 BST

The urban shift of upmarket high-technology courier services is a real sea change in London: Meals are ordered and sent via food-delivery apps with maximum convenience and transparency; a range of ride-hailing companies operate in the capital and create a fierce competition for passengers with promotions and discounts; and as the Covid-19 lockdown continues, more and more customers rely on the internet to order essentials to save them from venturing out. However, the ease with which consumers can summon a fully cooked meal or a same-day delivery to their front door can obscure the role the so-called ‘ride-sharing’ or ‘gig’ economy play behind-the-scenes.

In response to this, The Academy of Urbanism is excited to host a Young Urbanist virtual workshop DeliverMe: Last Mile Gig Urbanism in partnership with two Young Urbanists Small Grant Recipients Clara Dip Wan Cheung and Alejandro Guerrero Neira. During this session, we will share the key insights on couriers’ often-neglected intersectionality with urban issues such as road traffic, lack of facilities, alternative use of public space and street harassment on the job. The workshop is intended not only to give voice to the marginalised couriers, but also to be a dialogue for urbanists to re-envision future cities with growing digital courier services and identify possible design solution by carefully understanding couriers’ needs.


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Introduction of the Young Urbanists and the Small Grant Scheme Project

Alejandro’s and Clara’s presentation on:

1) What their project and research does

2) Background information about couriers and gig-economy in the UK

3) Explain the roundtable they have done WIP

4) Key insights and findings from couriers

  • Urban Traffic and Facilities
  • Safety
  • Exposure and Awareness
  • Coronavirus

5) Conclusion – Message to Young Urbanists

Q&A Discussion


Where: Zoom – the link will be sent to those registered.


April 27, 2020
18:30 - 19:30 BST
Event Category:


Young Urbanists