Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

The Geopolitics of Cities: Old challenges, new issues

How an urban global agenda should respond to the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by an unequal urban society? How would it address the increase of socio-spatial inequalities and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 · Leave a comment

Toward street vending in post COVID-19 China

With the progress of epidemic containment, the Chinese government has relaxed its regulatory policies on street vending, hoping to help people who have lost their livelihoods and to assist in … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 August 2021 · Leave a comment

Stripping back the mask: Working conditions on digital labour platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic

Digital labour platforms have been widely promoted as a solution to the unemployment crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic has also highlighted the harms to gig workers—who … Continue reading

Sunday, 22 August 2021 · Leave a comment

On the conditions of ‘late urbanization’

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

Thursday, 15 July 2021 · Leave a comment

Economic Corridors as Infrastructures of Extraction — Developing Economics

Economic Corridors Economic corridors are geographically targeted development initiatives currently under construction on nearly every continent of the planet. While hard infrastructure such as transportation links, power generation, ports, and … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 · Leave a comment