Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Formal Institutions and the Production of Informal Urban Spaces

Special issue of the Geography Research Forum – In order to advance knowledge on a rarely studied field in geography of informality like power on the formal/informal continuum, it is … Continue reading

Saturday, 13 February 2021 · Leave a comment

Livelihood Space and Maneuvering Citizenship in Jakarta

Urban informal trade sector is constantly being expelled, evicted, or relocated from public space as they are conceived for creating disorder. This dissertation investigates the complexity of informal economic practices … Continue reading

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 · Leave a comment

Urban Planning Against Poverty

[Open access book] Urban planning was implemented in Europe and Northern America during the nineteenth century with the objective of bringing order and coherence to  cities  that  were  experiencing  a  … Continue reading

Thursday, 21 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Towards an urban degrowth

The planning processes that drive urban development have yet to be questioned from a degrowth perspective. To clear a path for a degrowth urban agenda, this paper rethinks the institutions … Continue reading

Monday, 18 January 2021 · Leave a comment

De-Democratisation and the Rights of Street Vendors

For a large segment of the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda, street vending has long served as a key livelihood strategy in the absence of formal employment opportunities and a … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

The Disabling City

This collection of short essays explores the connections between urban studies and critical disability studies. Despite an increasing interest in the role of embodiment, affect and sensorial urbanism, urban studies … Continue reading

Tuesday, 5 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Towards an urban political economy of ‘education cities’

Prevalent notions of ‘education cities’ and ‘education hubs’ are vaguely defined, operate at blurry scales and tend to reproduce promotional language. The article contributes to theorising the geographies and spaces … Continue reading

Monday, 28 December 2020 · Leave a comment

The clash between “risk management” and informal urbanisation

This article examines how the idea of “risk” has become one of the most significant frameworks to determine which land is appropriate; which land is unsuitable and which land is … Continue reading

Saturday, 21 November 2020 · Leave a comment

How illegality shapes urban planning, policy and development

Most research on urban planning, policy and development only considers legal practices and actors, and treats illegal ones as insignificant anomalies, unable to structurally affect the governance of urban space. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 3 November 2020 · Leave a comment