Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urban Claims and the Right to the City

Urban Claims and the Right to the City explores how contested processes of urban development, and the rights of city dwellers, are understood and interpreted from the perspective of women and … Continue reading

Saturday, 21 March 2020 · Leave a comment

Smart City Governance in Developing Countries

[Open access] Smart cities that make broad use of digital technologies have been touted as possible solutions for the population pressures faced by many cities in developing countries and may … Continue reading

Saturday, 7 March 2020 · Leave a comment

Moving urban political ecology beyond the ‘urbanization of nature’

Urban political ecology (UPE) focuses on unsettling traditional understandings of ‘cities’ as ontological entities separate from ‘nature’ and on how the production of settlements is  metabolically linked with flows of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe brings together historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, urban planners and political activists to break new ground in the globalisation of knowledge about informal … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Harnessing local innovation to address the global housing crisis

The focus of the report “Rethinking Housing Policies Harnessing local innovation to address the global housing crisis” is not so much on what local governments should do about housing, but … Continue reading

Monday, 24 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Street vending and its ability to produce space

Street vending is a widespread phenomenon in the cities of the so-called developing countries. However, city planning systems have responded to the situation in a limited way, among other factors, … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Subversive formalization

[Article behind paywall] State entities in Brazil have rolled out numerous programs to “integrate” precarious settlements into the so-called formal city of Rio de Janeiro. Two of the most visceral … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

The role of small cities in shaping youth employment outcomes in India and Indonesia

Across the world, many emerging economies find themselves at a critical juncture known as the “demographic dividend”. This report presents evidence on the role of small cities in shaping the … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 February 2020 · Leave a comment

How Cities Erode Gender Inequality: A New Theory and Evidence from Cambodia

Support for gender equality has risen, globally. Analyses of this trend focus on individual and/or country-level characteristics. But this overlooks sub-national variation. Citydwellers are more likely to support gender equality … Continue reading

Sunday, 16 February 2020 · Leave a comment