Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

UN abandons democracy in Asia

The UN’s development agencies frequently operate in a political minefield. Stuck between the zealously guarded sovereignty of member states and the need to spur structural transformations, these agencies tread carefully. … Continue reading

Friday, 23 June 2017 · Leave a comment

When buildings burn, from London to Dhaka

Originally posted on Culture and Capitalism:
by Rebecca Prentice There is for me a sad familiarity in the story of the Grenfell Tower fire. I have spent recent years researching…

Wednesday, 21 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

Cities, Prosperity and Influence

This paper examines how cities can shape their own destinies and help address urban, national and international challenges. It explores the increasingly important balance between nations – which must give … Continue reading

Monday, 22 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Perceptions of ‘good work’ in the urban informal sector

[Behind paywall] There is growing interest in the ability of the informal sector to provide gainful work in much of the developing world. However, the literature on work in the … Continue reading

Monday, 3 April 2017 · Leave a comment

The Politics of Inclusive Development

It is now widely accepted that politics plays a significant role in shaping the possibilities for inclusive development. However, the specific ways in which this happens across different types and … Continue reading

Monday, 27 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban Planning and Violence: Cause or Catalyst for Change?

This paper argues that exclusion and violence are imprinted on the social and spatial fabric of cities and neighbourhoods, and that social and political divides are often manifest in the … Continue reading

Sunday, 26 February 2017 · Leave a comment

A City Is Not a Computer

Shannon Mattern – We should reject data-driven models that delegate critical, often ethical decisions to the machine. Urban intelligence is more than information processing. Urban intelligence involves experience, observation, sensory … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Value in the Commons Economy: Developments in Open and Contributory Value Accounting

Society is shifting from a production modus based on value created in a market system (through labor and capital) to one which recognizes broader value streams. These streams are experienced … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 February 2017 · Leave a comment
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