Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urban Planning Against Poverty

[Open access book] Urban planning was implemented in Europe and Northern America during the nineteenth century with the objective of bringing order and coherence to  cities  that  were  experiencing  a  … Continue reading

Thursday, 21 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Towards an urban degrowth

The planning processes that drive urban development have yet to be questioned from a degrowth perspective. To clear a path for a degrowth urban agenda, this paper rethinks the institutions … Continue reading

Monday, 18 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Informality, Inequality, and Feminization of Labor

Using two novel datasets of the size of the informal economy and income inequality, this study provides evidence on the nexus of informality and inequality with particular attention to the … Continue reading

Sunday, 10 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Planning for a world beyond COVID-19: Five pillars for post-neoliberal development

Our five priorities are not meant to be exhaustive, but aim to stimulate debate on the key levers needed to place communities, nations and indeed the globe on a different … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

De-Democratisation and the Rights of Street Vendors

For a large segment of the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda, street vending has long served as a key livelihood strategy in the absence of formal employment opportunities and a … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

The Disabling City

This collection of short essays explores the connections between urban studies and critical disability studies. Despite an increasing interest in the role of embodiment, affect and sensorial urbanism, urban studies … Continue reading

Tuesday, 5 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Towards an urban political economy of ‘education cities’

Prevalent notions of ‘education cities’ and ‘education hubs’ are vaguely defined, operate at blurry scales and tend to reproduce promotional language. The article contributes to theorising the geographies and spaces … Continue reading

Monday, 28 December 2020 · Leave a comment

Is Singapore Truly Sustainable?: Greenwashing in the ‘City in a Garden — Urban Asia Blog

As ‘Asia’s Greenest City,’ Singapore has promoted itself as a leader in environmental sustainability, even exporting its expertise to other cities around the world. With lush greenery and advanced eco-friendly … Continue reading

Thursday, 10 December 2020 · Leave a comment

The corruption–growth relationship: does the political regime matter?

Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country. However, many East-and-Southeast-Asian countries either achieved or currently are achieving impressively rapid economic growth … Continue reading

Friday, 4 December 2020 · Leave a comment