Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Leveraging urban policy for food sovereignty and human rights

This paper considers how urban policy processes might be leveraged to contribute to the realisation of food sovereignty, “understood as the right of peoples to define their own food and … Continue reading

Friday, 1 March 2019 · Leave a comment

Human Rights as an Ideology? Obstacles and Benefits

[Behind paywall] Sociology has an important part to play in understanding human rights. In this article, I trace obstacles within sociology to theoretically conceptualize human rights as an ideology. These … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Assessing Austerity: Monitoring the human rights impacts of fiscal consolidation

In the decade since the 2008 global economic crisis, fiscal austerity has become the new normal. In the name of fiscal discipline, governments in more than two-thirds of countries throughout … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 · Leave a comment

Reflecting on the human right to social security

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 asserts that social security is an inalienable human right. Realizing this human right is often considered, simply, as a matter … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Migration Governance in Southeast Asia

Contrary to prevailing discourse, migration governance in Southeast Asia is rich and varied, offering a range of regional, bilateral and subnational regimes. Many commentators characterize Southeast Asia as lacking adequate … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities

Introduction – Cities increasingly base their local policies on human rights. Human rights cities promise to forge new alliances between urban actors and international organizations, to enable the ‘translation’ of … Continue reading

Monday, 12 December 2016 · Leave a comment

This is What We Die For: Human rights abuses in the DRC power the global trade in cobalt

This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this … Continue reading

Saturday, 23 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Can human rights bring social justice?

This collection of twelve essays explores the differences and similarities between social justice and human rights, providing divergent perspectives on whether and how human rights NGOs should pursue social justice. … Continue reading

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 · Leave a comment

Human rights and the New Urban Agenda

…we are leaving aside some potent and critical tools. The use of human rights instruments has not been prominent, either as guiding principles for sustainable urban development, as tools for … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 July 2015 · Leave a comment