Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”

Governments should stop thinking about refugee camps as temporary places, says Kilian Kleinschmidt, one of the world’s leading authorities on humanitarian aid. “These are the cities of tomorrow,” said Kleinschmidt … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Who owns the city?

Saskia Sassen – “Does the massive foreign and national corporate buying of urban buildings and urban land that took off after the 2008 crisis signal an emergent new phase in … Continue reading

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Urbanism – Breaking New Ground in Civic Participation

Originally posted on Places.:
by Valentin Schipfer To be honest, I have never parted with Euros for any crowdfunding project until today. I suppose ideas on , or…

Monday, 23 November 2015 · 1 Comment

Do cities have the institutional capacity to address climate change?

Originally posted on UGEC Viewpoints:
Patricia Romero Lankao National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA Daniel M. Gnatz Environmental Writer, USA Urban areas are both climate change hotspots and the seedbeds…

Sunday, 22 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Political Settlements and the Politics of Inclusion

At least in the short to medium term, more inclusive political settlements at the elite level are crucial to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict, and to lay the foundations … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 November 2015 · Leave a comment

The Practical is the Political: The UN’s Global Study on Women, Peace and Security

Weighing in at just under five pounds, the 417-page Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, released last month, is nothing if not ambitious.[As to] whether … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Empty promises: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production

This research discovers that G20 country governments’ support to fossil fuel production marries bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the production … Continue reading

Friday, 13 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Non-agricultural informal work can yield higher returns than formal work

Priorities for Boosting Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence for Mozambique Should policy-makers, including foreign donors, focus employment strategies in sub-Saharan Africa on strengthening access to formal wage employment or on … Continue reading

Friday, 13 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Big Other: Surveillance Capitalism and the Prospects of an Information Civilization

This article describes an emergent logic of accumulation in the networked sphere, ‘surveillance capitalism,’ and considers its implications for ‘information civilization.’ Google is to surveillance capitalism what General Motors was … Continue reading

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 · Leave a comment

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