Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

On the conditions of ‘late urbanization’

We are living through a global urban transition, but the timing of this transition has varied significantly across countries and regions. This geographic variation in timing matters, both theoretically and … Continue reading

Thursday, 15 July 2021 · Leave a comment

A Value Theory of Inclusion: Informal Labour, the Homeworker, and the Social Reproduction of Value

Critically engaging with Marxist-Feminist debates, this article argues that only interpretations of social reproduction as value-producing capture the features of contemporary informalised labour relations. Building on early social reproduction analyses … Continue reading

Monday, 12 July 2021 · Leave a comment

Informality and pension reforms in Bolivia

How social protection programmes affect work choices is a question that has been at the centre of labour economics research for decades. More recently, a scant literature has focused on … Continue reading

Monday, 28 June 2021 · Leave a comment

“They Sold Us Illusions”: Informality, Redevelopment, and the Politics of Limpieza in the Dominican Republic

In the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, climate change and environmental concerns are used to justify massive redevelopment projects in informal settlements located along the rivers Ozama and … Continue reading

Thursday, 10 June 2021 · Leave a comment

Demographic Trends and Urbanization

Global demographic trends are at a turning point. As population growth rates continue to decline in every region of the world, and in the face of an unprecedented aging of … Continue reading

Saturday, 22 May 2021 · Leave a comment

Informal Work and Sustainable Cities: From Formalization to Reparation

Informal workers produce economic, social, and environmental value for cities. Too often, policy elites, including those promoting sustainable cities, overlook this value, proposing formalization and relying on deficit-based framings of … Continue reading

Sunday, 28 March 2021 · Leave a comment

An urban political ecology of Bangkok’s awful traffic congestion

By attending to power relations, the production of urban space, and cultural practices, Urban political ecology can help explain why traffic congestions arises and persists but also creates inequalities in … Continue reading

Monday, 22 March 2021 · Leave a comment

Redefining the Asian Space: A Comparative view of evolving street culture and pedestrian space development in Bandung, Bangkok, and Manila.

Asian streets convey a sensorial experience distinct from the Western model. Traditional knowledge resulting from the environment and sociocultural histories is imprinted on how people use the streets and how … Continue reading

Monday, 1 March 2021 · Leave a comment

Uncertainty and the Governance of Street Vending: A Critical Comparison Across the North/South Divide

Through a critical comparison of the spatial management of street vending in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and New York City, USA, we show how uncertainty enables the management of vending … Continue reading

Monday, 15 February 2021 · Leave a comment