Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Shrinking “Salariat” and Growing “Precariat”? Estimating Informal and Non-standard Employment in Malaysia

Using administrative data, the estimated share of informal employment (i.e. workers without social protection) is found to be four times the share of informal sector workers (i.e. workers working with … Continue reading

Sunday, 27 September 2020 · Leave a comment

Mapping Informal Waste Sector in Da Nang

The informal waste sector dominates the tradeable waste collection system in Viet Nam. While this ecosystem is not well understood, it is accepted to be one of the most crucial … Continue reading

Sunday, 13 September 2020 · Leave a comment

Urbanisation, informality, and corruption

How should anti-corruption policies be designed when the ways people live and make a living in rapidly growing cities are often marked by high levels of informality? What do we … Continue reading

Friday, 7 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Agency and advocacy in the food systems of the majority

Interventions to improve the sustainability and nutrition of food can be misdirected when based on assumptions about people’s priorities and level of knowledge. When citizens have the capacity to act … Continue reading

Friday, 31 July 2020 · Leave a comment

The Informal Economy Revisited

This 34-chapter open-access book brings together leading scholars to investigate recent conceptual shifts, research findings and policy debates on the informal economy. Well over half of the global workforce and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Popular Urbanization: Conceptualizing Urbanization Processes Beyond Informality

This article introduces the concept of popular urbanization to describe a specific urbanization process based on collective initiatives, self‐organization and the activities of inhabitants. We understand popular urbanization as an urban strategy … Continue reading

Thursday, 9 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond formal and informal: Understanding urban informalities from Freetown

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