Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to provide readers with an opportunity to reassess their work and life in the face of an inevitable nearterm social collapse due to … Continue reading

Monday, 18 March 2019 · Leave a comment

Summary for Urban Policymakers of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming

The Summary for Urban Policymakers offers an indispensable tool for city officials and decision makers. As global population and economic centers, cities are key to delivering a 1.5°C future. How the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 · Leave a comment

How does resilience change over time?

Knowing how climate hazards affect people’s resilience over time is crucial in designing more effective development and humanitarian interventions. This is particularly important in post-disaster contexts, where people’s livelihood opportunities … Continue reading

Monday, 29 October 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

A good life for all within planetary boundaries

Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe … Continue reading

Thursday, 8 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Scientific data and its limits: rethinking the use of evidence in local climate change policy

Climate policy is typically seen as informed by scientific evidence that anthropogenic carbon emissions require reducing in order to avoid dangerous consequences. However, agreement on these matters has not translated … Continue reading

Friday, 28 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Do we need a new economics for sustainable development?

Neoclassical theory at the micro and macro levels has influenced thinking patterns in a period when development has become unsustainable in many ways. Climate change is one example, loss of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Environmental Injustice across Transnational Borders

Alexa Dietrich co-launches the “Just Environments” series by reflecting on the environmental challenges faced by transnational communities—in this case, families that live on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border, whose … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t call me resilient again!

The Habitat III Conference’s New Urban Agenda hails a “paradigm shift” for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the new call for “safe, resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities” remains … Continue reading

Saturday, 22 April 2017 · Leave a comment