Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

FIFTY-YEARS ON: The Right to the City

2017 marks the Golden Jubilee of Henri Lefebvre’s Right to the City, his “cry and demand” for a more participatory and democratic city life. It’s a cause both to celebrate … 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

Trends in Smart City Development

“Trends in Smart City Development” is a new report from the National League of Cities featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 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

Democracies, economies and social protection – Understanding welfare state development in Asia and Europe

The aim of this policy paper is to explore what we can expect for welfare states in the developing Asian countries when we apply our knowledge of why, when and … Continue reading

Friday, 13 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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