Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

A poor means test?

Proxy-means tests (PMTs) are popular for poverty-targeting with imperfect information. In a widely-used version, a regression for log consumption calibrates a PMT score based on covariates, which is then implemented … Continue reading

Sunday, 27 May 2018 · Leave a comment

The End of Public Space (Redux?)

Originally posted on urbanculturalstudies:
Don Mitchell (1995, 2016) has debated the nature public space, and why under late capitalism, public space has a tendency to both ‘end’ and be produced…

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Guaranteed Employment or Guaranteed Income?

The paper critically reviews the arguments for and against both employment guarantees and income guarantees when viewed as rights-based policy instruments for poverty reduction in a developing economy, with special … Continue reading

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count

In February 2018, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 April 2018 · Leave a comment

The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies

Around the globe, cities seek to improve their resilience to face the stresses and shocks that are expected from global climate change and other threats. In implementing urban resilience policies, … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 · Leave a comment

Future cities: renarrating human agency

The media coverage of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the city of Houston in August 2017 reveals an ‘Anthropocenic’ sensibility, which tends to deny our ability to solve pressing environmental and … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 · Leave a comment
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