Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Cities and the political imagination

How can we recognize the political in the city? How might urban scholars engage with forms of urban politics outside of established sites of research such as those associated with … Continue reading

Sunday, 18 November 2018 · Leave a comment

In Search of a Decolonial Urban Transformation

“We ask whether the WBGU report Humanity on the Move, as a major catalyst for urban sustainability science and agency, reproduces ways of thinking that could ultimately contradict the idea of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 · Leave a comment

Cities Alive: Water for People

Cities Alive: Water for People presents an economic pathway of addressing the challenges of population growth and climate change in our cities.  To move towards a more sustainable future, it is … Continue reading

Thursday, 27 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Mapping Society (UCL free book)

From a rare map of yellow fever in eighteenth-century New York, to Charles Booth’s famous maps of poverty in nineteenth-century London, an Italian racial zoning map of early twentieth century … Continue reading

Monday, 24 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Induced Demand – Linking roads and increased traffic

As the urbanist aphorism goes: Widening roads to reduce congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity. Yet nearly all freeway expansions and new highways are sold to the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 · Leave a comment

On the Ways of Knowing and Understanding Informality

In the mainstream international development discourse, one often finds a general dualistic outlook in classifying the concept of (urban) informality, seen to be strikingly different from the formal, regulated economic … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 · Leave a comment

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

 Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Local Governments Are Changing the World

Innovative governance is happening; governments are increasingly willing to grant autonomy for economic growth. Combine that with the profits that result from building cities; land values in Chicago, for example, … Continue reading

Friday, 20 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Informal economies around the world

This paper aims to present a comprehensive survey of the literature on the economics of informality. First, we focus on studies that aim to provide measures of informality using different … Continue reading

Friday, 13 July 2018 · Leave a comment