Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Drawing from the findings of a research project, this paper provides insights on what the activities and spaces referred to in policy as “informal” are and what this classification does. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 · Leave a comment

Why does everyone think cities can save the planet?

[Behind paywall] This article identifies and explains an underlying transition in global urban policy and discourse from the city as a sustainability problem to the city as a sustainability solution. … Continue reading

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 · Leave a comment

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe brings together historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, urban planners and political activists to break new ground in the globalisation of knowledge about informal … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Street vending and its ability to produce space

Street vending is a widespread phenomenon in the cities of the so-called developing countries. However, city planning systems have responded to the situation in a limited way, among other factors, … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Subversive formalization

[Article behind paywall] State entities in Brazil have rolled out numerous programs to “integrate” precarious settlements into the so-called formal city of Rio de Janeiro. Two of the most visceral … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa Dead end or steppingstone?

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

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informal rental housing in the South: dynamic but neglected

Informal rental housing is growing rapidly in cities of the global South. Changing needs and circumstances of diverse urban populations produce new forms of rental accommodation and landlord–tenant relations. Focusing … Continue reading

Saturday, 8 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality, culture and governance in the global South

This paper provides an epistemological critique of informality by focusing on cultural governance in two cities of the global South, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Dakar, Senegal. Aiming to enrich … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Protecting the entrepreneurial poor: A human rights approach

[Article behind paywall] Half of the working poor in developing countries are informal entrepreneurs – they make a living by engaging in commercial activities in the shadow economy. A series … Continue reading

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 · Leave a comment