We argue that despite the relevance, breadth and complexity of mobilities in a global context , spatial moorings still hold a prominent role in the context the social Southern Europe and iberoamerican cities, which have not been disrupted or dissolved during this period of COVID-19 and may have been even reinforced.
That, in turn, these moorings have a very important role to play in the ways in which life is conducted, in the social reproduction of lifeand, more so in terms of domestic work and care, welfare regimes and care in Iberoamerican cities, in contrast to those in other geographical settings, where the role of public administrations or the market (hiring help for domestic or care work) would be larger.
It also aims to study how different processes which have resulted in growing displacement especially in city centers, but also in many other areas of the city, may have had an important role in producing, a greater and more negative impact on the access to welfare and care of these people ,due to the prominent role of spatial moorings and social networks rooted in this type of cities
Finally, in the present context, it is necessary to refer to the those changes derived from the sanitary crisis derived from COVID-19and in what direction the crisis has impacted on the subject under study, considering, in general, the arrangements for getting on with life, and, more specifically, in relation to domestic work and the care of dependants, the elderly and children.
The work of three different research teams is coordinated under COMURES: GRESCO, GISMAT and LoCUS.
GRESCO The Socio-cultural Contemporary Studies Group (in Spanish Grupo de Estudios Socio-culturales Contemporáneos) research group from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid that began its activity in the mid-1990s. Its purpose is mainly focused on carrying out research, although it has an important learning and teaching orientation that has allowed young teachers and researchers to be trained, contributing to the generation and renewal of knowledge in the social sciences. Its main lines of research are:
Socio-cultural transformations: individualization, secularization and changes in the university model.
Work, employment and business in a changing world.
Social theory, globalization, transnationalism and spatial reconfigurations of social life.
The GISMAT research group of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), belongs to the global change and new energies cluster, as well as to the cultural heritage cluster. The team is composed of sociologists with extensive experience in the field of study that gives the group its title (environment, territory, housing, vulnerability, social cohesion, etc.) and has developed over recent years an intense research on housing issues that have resulted in numerous publications and multiple interventions that can be seen in the curricula of its members.
LoCUS is formed by a multidisciplinary team of experts in urban planning, architecture, engineering and GIS to cover the urban complexity in its multiple dimensions. Most of its members carry out their research and teaching activities at the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (Madrid School of Architecture in English;ETSAM-UPM), the Fundación Miguel Aguiló from the Technical School of civil engineering of the Polytechnic University (ETSICCP-UPM), and other architecture schools relevant in the international scene; such as the one in Birmingham and the IUAV of Venice.