The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of society, from transportation to education. In some ways, it may accelerate trends that were already existing, such as a shift to remote work and e-commerce. In other ways, it may create new trends, such as a possible reduction in air travel. Understanding these changes is critical for long-term planning. Do we need to continue expanding transport infrastructure? How will our downtowns react to a shift to e-commerce?

These are questions planners need to think about in the wake of the pandemic. The COVID-19 and the Future survey provides data about how behaviors may change after the pandemic has passed. These data will help planners and researchers plan for our post-pandemic world.

We are a team of engineers, planners, and geographers interested in answering these questions. The survey is a joint effort between faculty members and students at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Engineering at Arizona State University, and the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Many other researchers also contributed to the survey design.

To support research into the effects of COVID-19, now and in the future, we will be providing public releases of our survey data regularly throughout the project. These will be available on the data download page soon.

The COVID-19 and the Future survey is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks at Arizona State University, the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University, and CONVERGE at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Thursday, May 7th 2020, Dr. Salon talked about initial results of the survey on the “Will We Ever “Go Back” to Our Pre-COVID-19 Lifestyle?” webinar. Watch the presentation here:


This survey is a joint project of Arizona State University and the University of Illinois Chicago with support from the National Science Foundation.

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