Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

Unaffordable and Undrinkable: Rethinking Urban Water Access in the Global South

In 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization reported that over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources. But new research suggests the indicators used by UNICEF/WHO … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 · Leave a comment

How the urban poor define and measure food security in Cambodia and Nepal

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

Sunday, 4 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Urban Informality as a Site of Critical Analysis

Across the Global South, the realities of urban informality are changing, with implications for how we understand this phenomenon across economic, spatial, and political domains. Recent accounts have attempted to … Continue reading

Thursday, 1 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish … Continue reading

Saturday, 20 July 2019 · Leave a comment

The City of Justice

Defining the city requires a spanning of matter and meaning, corporeality and abstraction, tangibility and inaccessibility, humanity and nonhumanity. The most prominent difficulty in defining the city is that, while … Continue reading

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Climate Justice and the Right to the City

The two great challenges facing cities worldwide in the decades to come are inequality and climate change. Yet the two challenges, and the two sets of political infrastructures that prioritize … Continue reading

Sunday, 2 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Transcending (in)formal urbanism

We outline the important place that informal urbanism has acquired in urban theorising, and an agenda to further this standing towards an even more explicit role in defining how we … Continue reading

Monday, 13 May 2019 · Leave a comment