Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Homeworking in the Philippines: Bad job? Good job?

This report focuses on two categories of homeworkers in the Philippines: industrial homeworkers, who assemble or fabricate goods for factories, retailers or their agents under subcontracting arrangements; and online workers, … Continue reading

Friday, 26 November 2021 · Leave a comment

From Visible Informality to Splintered Informalities

Increasingly, scholarly works challenge the formal/informal dichotomy, stressing the multiple political practices of producing informality which go beyond state incapacity. In contrast, this article addresses a lack of research concerning … Continue reading

Saturday, 6 November 2021 · Leave a comment

“The street is ours”: Street trading, Covid-19 and new street geographies

This collaborative and comparative paper deals with the impact of Covid-19 on the use and governance of public space and street trade in particular in two major African cities. The … Continue reading

Friday, 5 November 2021 · Leave a comment

Urban-to-rural labour transitions from the factory to the informal economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated processes of labour transition from industrial work to the informal economy, which have always characterized the life of the working poor. Exploring urban-to-rural labour transitions … Continue reading

Monday, 1 November 2021 · Leave a comment

On the conditions of ‘late urbanisation’

We are living through a global urban transition, but the timing of this transition has varied significantly across countries and regions. This geographic variation in timing matters, both theoretically and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 · Leave a comment

Defending Space in a Changing Urban Landscape

The processes of privatizing and commodifying collective resources that accompany recent urbanization have evoked literature that focuses on the urban commons. In the case of India, scholars emphasize that the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 · Leave a comment

The Pandemic City: Urban Issues in the Time of COVID-19

Pandemics have shaped the way cities are planned and configured. Throughout history, cities have evolved to solve problems of sanitation, hygiene, and health access while providing space and opportunities for … Continue reading

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 · Leave a comment

Informality in action: A relational look at informal work

We conceptualize informal work in relational terms, examining informality through the relations and interactions between and among a set of actors: capitalists, the state, organizations of informal workers, traditional trade … Continue reading

Thursday, 30 September 2021 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk informality: Street vending regulation in China

Street vending represents a vital and growing aspect of the urban informal economy that is often the subject of municipal regulatory efforts that seek to control, confine or extinguish it. … Continue reading

Friday, 24 September 2021 · Leave a comment