Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Reappropriating Public Space in Nanchang, China: A Study of Informal Street Vendors

Since China’s shift to market socialism, many marginalized by this process work as informal street vendors where they reappropriate public space in order to survive―a practice at odds with urban … Continue reading

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Addressing Informality in Cities

Informality is a key contributor to successful emerging economies while on the other hand it drives socio-spatial inequality. Understanding and addressing the dynamics of informality is therefore strategic. This policy … Continue reading

Friday, 25 October 2019 · Leave a comment

Data Gathering and Justice in the Urban Informal Sector

This case considers the challenges faced by civil society organisations (CSOs) in gathering and applying data in urban informal contexts. Given that one billion people are estimated to live in … Continue reading

Monday, 21 October 2019 · Leave a comment

The Commodification of Public Spaces

This study focuses on the mechanisms and institutions for the governance of public spaces on Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand. Khao San offers immense opportunity for vendors, as it is … Continue reading

Saturday, 19 October 2019 · Leave a comment

How the urban poor define and measure food security

Urban food security, or its lack, is attracting growing interest in global policy debates. Glaringly missing in these conversations, however, are the voices of the urban poor. To fill this … Continue reading

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 · Leave a comment

The street market as animated space

“This ethnography of Chapel Market in Islington uncovers an animated space replete with its own actors, history, currents of activity, and interrelations with authorities and with government. There is a … Continue reading

Saturday, 5 October 2019 · Leave a comment

Assembling street vending

Current scholarship on street vending in cities of the global south have mainly focused on street vendors and their politics of resistance against the state’s revanchist and exclusionary policies. This … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Interrogating informality

Informality is growing in a context of increasing inequity, and in many places becoming the norm. However, despite decades of studies and interventions, ‘recognising informality’ is still a key issue. … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Informality crusades

Informality crusades: why informal practices are stigmatized, fought and allowed in different contexts according to an apparently ununderstandable logic. This paper suggests that informality and informal practices are present and … Continue reading

Sunday, 25 August 2019 · Leave a comment