Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

 Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online

A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Local Governments Are Changing the World

Innovative governance is happening; governments are increasingly willing to grant autonomy for economic growth. Combine that with the profits that result from building cities; land values in Chicago, for example, … Continue reading

Friday, 20 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Report on the World Social Situation

Universal social protection is a potent development policy tool that can alleviate poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Few countries have been able to reduce poverty and improve living conditions on … Continue reading

Monday, 16 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Informal economies around the world

This paper aims to present a comprehensive survey of the literature on the economics of informality. First, we focus on studies that aim to provide measures of informality using different … Continue reading

Friday, 13 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Beyond neoliberalism: resilience, the new art of governing complexity

David Chandler – Resilience, as a framework informing governance, relies on an ontology of emergent complexity. This article analyses how complexity operates not only as a critique of liberal modes of … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Can smart cities be equitable?

City planners have sometimes been accused of promoting digital conveniences that favor the rich and exclude the poor. But as cities around the world are already demonstrating, it is possible … Continue reading

Saturday, 23 June 2018 · Leave a comment

If Street Food Disappears in Bangkok

Bangkok is renowned for its street food, but since 2014 the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has embarked in the removal of tens of thousands of street vendors, including a significant … Continue reading

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 · Leave a comment

What Can ‘Disruptive Urban Technologies’ Tell Us about Power, Visibility and the Right to the City?

If urban scholars are to go beyond an approach that addresses the creation of the technological city as a slash-and-burn approach, aiming to radically reorder the social in the mode … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 · Leave a comment