Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Beyond neoliberalism: resilience, the new art of governing complexity

David Chandler – Resilience, as a framework informing governance, relies on an ontology of emergent complexity. This article analyses how complexity operates not only as a critique of liberal modes of … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Measuring the Complexity of Urban Form and Design

Complex systems have become a popular lens for conceptualizing cities, and complexity has substantial implications for urban performance and resilience. This paper develops a typology of methods and measures for … Continue reading

Saturday, 13 May 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

When theory meets reality: assumptions, feasibility and implications of a complexity-informed approach

This paper explores options for development managers once they’ve identified some complex elements of their work. It provides a brief overview of the complexity discourse in international development and key … Continue reading

Friday, 27 May 2016 · Leave a comment