James Wilson, Mari José Aranguren, Patricia Canto, Miren Estensoro, Jorge Fernández, Susana Franco, Ibon Gil de San Vicente, Bark Kamp, Miren Larrea, Edurne Magro, Mikel Navarro, Angélica Rodríguez
Basque Institute of Competitiveness-Deusto Foundation
This document presents the initial results of a reflection process that Orkestra, as a research centre focused on sustainable territorial competitiveness, launched as the COVID-19 crisis accelerated at the end of March 2020. It aims to contribute to the decision-making of public policy-makers through analysis of the main socioeconomic impacts and responses to the crisis in the specific context of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
Our analysis responds, therefore, to the question: How can we prepare ourselves today to address the socioeconomic crisis of the future as a result of COVID-19? As such this document is a starting point in a process aimed at framing the socioeconomic effects of COVID-19 in the Basque Country to support Orkestra’s various stakeholders in their own action-oriented reflections. This starting point poses, on the one hand, an overall framework for the interpretation of what is happening and what is likely to happen in the coming weeks and months. On the other hand, it shows how the resistance stage is being developed and reflects on different dimensions that should be taken into account for the reconstruction stage.