Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

African urbanisation at the confluence of informality and climate change

(Temporary open access) Africa contributes the least to global greenhouse gas emissions, yet it faces climate change’s harshest consequences. Ramifications of climate change pose daunting multi-scalar urban challenges, specifically because … Continue reading

Tuesday, 9 August 2022 · Leave a comment

Writing Across Contexts: Urban Informality and the State in Guinea-Bissau, Estonia, and Germany

Urban research has long related informality to a lack of state capacity or a failure of institutions. This assumption not only fails to account for the heterogeneous institutional relations in … Continue reading

Friday, 29 April 2022 · Leave a comment

Vertical informality: The case of Kufr Aqab in East Jerusalem

This paper explores the phenomenon of vertical informality, an under-studied form of informal housing at large scale, and the role of developers within vertical informality. We investigate the case of … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 April 2022 · Leave a comment

Job creation or Informality reduction – The effects of subsidizing social security contributions

This paper evaluates the impact of an employment subsidy scheme covering employers’ social contribution costs on registered employment in small firms in Turkey. It utilizes a rich, firm-level administrative data … Continue reading

Friday, 21 January 2022 · Leave a comment

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa – Dead end or stepping-stone?

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labor markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 January 2022 · Leave a comment

Street food as infrastructure: consumer mobility, vendor removability and food security in Mexico City

Street food vendors are a ubiquitous but controversial feature of Mexico City’s foodscapes; in the context of urban renewal and modernization projects, vendors are frequently portrayed as backwards, dirty, and … Continue reading

Sunday, 16 January 2022 · Leave a comment

The gender productivity gap – Evidence from the Indian informal sector

We examine the patterns and correlates of the productivity gap between male-owned and female-owned firms for informal enterprises in India. Female-owned firms are on average 45 per cent less productive … Continue reading

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 · Leave a comment

Transformation in street food vending in modernizing Bangkok: trading pattern, vendor and product

Street food vending in Bangkok has been transformed in terms of the trading patterns, vendors, and products by the modernizing process. Thai female commoners and Chinese men were the first … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 December 2021 · Leave a comment

Neoliberalism and the state in the African city: informality, accumulation and the rebirth of a Ugandan Market

This article stresses the value of viewing urban development through a critical lens that focuses on questions surrounding neoliberalism and the state, highlighting how such an approach can provide important … Continue reading

Thursday, 9 December 2021 · Leave a comment