Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urban Informality as a Site of Critical Analysis

Across the Global South, the realities of urban informality are changing, with implications for how we understand this phenomenon across economic, spatial, and political domains. Recent accounts have attempted to … Continue reading

Thursday, 1 August 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s in a Word? The Conceptual Politics of ‘Informal’ Street Trade in Dar es Salaam

Focussing on policies towards urban street trade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in this paper I illustrate how despite the widely acknowledged limits to its analytical usefulness, the contested and … Continue reading

Sunday, 7 July 2019 · Leave a comment

The State and the Origins of Informal Economic Activity

Understanding the root causes of informal economic activity is crucial for the effective governance of the informal sphere. Precisely what these root causes are, however, is subject to significant debate. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Transcending (in)formal urbanism

We outline the important place that informal urbanism has acquired in urban theorising, and an agenda to further this standing towards an even more explicit role in defining how we … Continue reading

Monday, 13 May 2019 · Leave a comment

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