Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Reappropriating Public Space in Nanchang, China: A Study of Informal Street Vendors

Since China’s shift to market socialism, many marginalized by this process work as informal street vendors where they reappropriate public space in order to survive―a practice at odds with urban … Continue reading

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Is global inequality getting better or worse? A critique of the World Bank’s convergence narrative

The dominant narrative of global income inequality is one of convergence. Recent high-profile publications by Branko Milanovic and the World Bank claim that the global Gini coefficient has declined since … Continue reading

Friday, 16 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Smart-Eco Cities in China: Trends and Profiles 2016

The ‘smart-eco city’ concept captures the recent trend for future-oriented urban development schemes that display both ‘green’ and ‘smart’ ambitions. More precisely, the smart-eco city is defined as “an experimental … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 April 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

Media Development with Chinese Characteristics

Iginio Gagliardone – China’s concessionary loans and support to development projects have tended to shift balances of power by favouring certain actors over others and have challenged existing development paradigms, … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 January 2015 · Leave a comment

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the … Continue reading

Friday, 15 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Contesting speculative urbanisation and strategising discontents

Hyun Bang Shin – I have argued in this essay that China’s speculative urbanisation is both an ideological and a political project that disrupts and destroys the lives of the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization

The joint report by the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization, includes six priority areas for a … Continue reading

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 · Leave a comment

The End of Cheap Labor

Mitali Das and Papa N’Diaye – China is on the eve of a demographic shift that will have profound consequences on its economic and social landscape. Within a few years … Continue reading

Saturday, 1 June 2013 · Leave a comment