Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Temporary appropriation of public space vs legislation governing street use in Mexico City

[Open access until 15th April] Historically there has been a rich discussion concerning the function of streets in cities, and their role in urban life. This paper outlines the relevance … Continue reading

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Knowing urban informalities

[Behind paywall] This article reviews three dominant ways of knowing urban informality, noting that, despite the profoundly rich insights they each provide, two critiques of the overall concept endure. These … Continue reading

Thursday, 21 March 2019 · Leave a comment

City-regions reconsidered

Allen J. Scott – I seek to provide an overview of the historical and geographical emergence of city-regions and to reflect on some of the debates that have arisen in … Continue reading

Monday, 25 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Formalising the informal economy – Argentina, Costa Rica, Philippines and Kenya

This paper seeks to summarise the findings of the case studies that have been carried out over the last year as part of a joint initiative between the International Trade … Continue reading

Thursday, 14 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Formalising the formal economy in Argentina

The study of Argentina mainly covers the period 2003 to 2016. Within that period, the use of social dialogue to address the informal economy resulted in a 1440 per cent increase of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities and Self-organization

In the contemporary city, we are today more and more witnessing different practices and processes of “re-appropriation of space”: regeneration of empty buildings, spaces of cultural production, urban gardens, green … Continue reading

Sunday, 13 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Daily practices of informality amidst urban poverty

The contribution of this report is the empirical support to an argument that South Africa is struggling to address problems of poverty and inequality because many of the processes that … Continue reading

Monday, 7 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Looking at the ‘sharing’ economies concept through the prism of informality

How do the ‘sharing economies’ relate to the long history of informal economic practices as understood in the social sciences? This article examines conceptions of the sharing economy in terms … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 November 2018 · Leave a comment

On the Ways of Knowing and Understanding Informality

In the mainstream international development discourse, one often finds a general dualistic outlook in classifying the concept of (urban) informality, seen to be strikingly different from the formal, regulated economic … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 · Leave a comment