Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Sidewalk informality: Street vending regulation in China

Street vending represents a vital and growing aspect of the urban informal economy that is often the subject of municipal regulatory efforts that seek to control, confine or extinguish it. … Continue reading

Friday, 24 September 2021 · Leave a comment

The Geopolitics of Cities: Old challenges, new issues

How an urban global agenda should respond to the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by an unequal urban society? How would it address the increase of socio-spatial inequalities and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 · Leave a comment

Toward street vending in post COVID-19 China

With the progress of epidemic containment, the Chinese government has relaxed its regulatory policies on street vending, hoping to help people who have lost their livelihoods and to assist in … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 August 2021 · Leave a comment

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