Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Mapping repertoires of collective action facing the COVID-19 pandemic in informal settlements in Latin American cities

How are civil society organizations responding to COVID-19’s impacts on informal settlements? In Latin America, civil society organizations have developed a repertoire of collective action, seeking to provide immediate and … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 July 2020 · Leave a comment

The Informal Economy Revisited

This 34-chapter open-access book brings together leading scholars to investigate recent conceptual shifts, research findings and policy debates on the informal economy. Well over half of the global workforce and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Popular Urbanization: Conceptualizing Urbanization Processes Beyond Informality

This article introduces the concept of popular urbanization to describe a specific urbanization process based on collective initiatives, self‐organization and the activities of inhabitants. We understand popular urbanization as an urban strategy … Continue reading

Thursday, 9 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Why does everyone think cities can save the planet?

[Behind paywall] This article identifies and explains an underlying transition in global urban policy and discourse from the city as a sustainability problem to the city as a sustainability solution. … Continue reading

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 · Leave a comment

Integrating health in urban and territorial planning

Integrating health in urban and territorial planning is a sourcebook for urban planners, city managers, health professionals, and all those interested in the basis for our collective wellbeing. This sourcebook is … Continue reading

Saturday, 23 May 2020 · Leave a comment

Coproducing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the global South

The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences—as academics and professionals—in coproducing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the global South. The focus of the paper is … Continue reading

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 · Leave a comment

Urban Claims and the Right to the City

Urban Claims and the Right to the City explores how contested processes of urban development, and the rights of city dwellers, are understood and interpreted from the perspective of women and … Continue reading

Saturday, 21 March 2020 · Leave a comment

Smart City Governance in Developing Countries

[Open access] Smart cities that make broad use of digital technologies have been touted as possible solutions for the population pressures faced by many cities in developing countries and may … Continue reading

Saturday, 7 March 2020 · Leave a comment

Moving urban political ecology beyond the ‘urbanization of nature’

Urban political ecology (UPE) focuses on unsettling traditional understandings of ‘cities’ as ontological entities separate from ‘nature’ and on how the production of settlements is  metabolically linked with flows of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · Leave a comment