Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

What is the role of community-led urban development?

By 2050, two-thirds of people worldwide will live in urban areas. Many city dwellers in the global South live in informal settlements, without access to basic services. The global Sustainable … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World

The security challenges of individual cities are increasingly a result of the intersection between local vulnerabilities and illicit flows from across national borders. States as a whole are affected by … Continue reading

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 · Leave a comment

A City Built on Information Technology and Wisdom

Smart cities carry a vision of an urban space that is meticulously planned, technologically integrated, ecologically friendly, and to attract more investments in technology and physical infrastructure. It is technology … Continue reading

Thursday, 2 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban resilience efforts must consider social and political forces

The social  and political norms, values, rules, and relationships that undergird and structure the myriad decisions made by public and private actors—what we call “socio-political infrastructure”—are likely to be as … Continue reading

Friday, 27 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Enhancing Productivity in the Urban Informal Economy

The report argues for a radical and new policy paradigm, to promote inclusion of informal workers in urban dialogues, and mainstream the informal economy in urban policies and strategies. Over … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 January 2017 · Leave a comment

The Rise of the Urban Creative Class in Southeast Asia

This report examines the intersection of urbanization and the rise of the new creative or middle class in Southeast Asia. In particular, it assesses the connection between the rise of … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Transport Infrastructure, City Productivity Growth and Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from China

This paper examines the effects of economic integration resulting from highway construction on aggregate productivity and the spatial distribution of industries. To do so, it constructs a unique dataset of … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Costs and Benefits of Urbanization: The Indian Case

Urbanization has both benefits and costs. In a market economy, the trade-off between benefits and costs determines the level, speed, and pace of urbanization. This paper summarizes research findings on … Continue reading

Monday, 16 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Contemporary Concepts of a City in the Context of Sustainable Development

The article’s purpose is to present, in the first place, mutual dependences between theoretical and practical speculations concerning urban space, shaped on the base of the sustainable development principle, difficult … Continue reading

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 · Leave a comment
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