Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

How does resilience change over time?

Knowing how climate hazards affect people’s resilience over time is crucial in designing more effective development and humanitarian interventions. This is particularly important in post-disaster contexts, where people’s livelihood opportunities … Continue reading

Monday, 29 October 2018 · Leave a comment

Local Governments Are Changing the World

Innovative governance is happening; governments are increasingly willing to grant autonomy for economic growth. Combine that with the profits that result from building cities; land values in Chicago, for example, … Continue reading

Friday, 20 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Big data is people!

Rebecca Lemov – We live in what is sometimes called the ‘petabyte era’, and this pronouncement has provoked much discussion of the sheer size of data stores being created, as … Continue reading

Thursday, 14 September 2017 · Leave a comment

A tale of three cities, or: The smart city as will and category error

Adam Greenfield – By leveraging the decentralizing tendencies that appear to be implicit in our networked technologies, and the configurations of power they in principle give rise to, we can … Continue reading

Friday, 8 September 2017 · Leave a comment

How to build a data revolution

This video series by UNU-WIDER tells the story of Viet Nam’s data revolution. To build on its success in poverty reductions, the country needed better data to continue pressing forward … Continue reading

Thursday, 27 July 2017 · Leave a comment

The Rise of the Urban Creative Class in Southeast Asia

This report examines the intersection of urbanization and the rise of the new creative or middle class in Southeast Asia. In particular, it assesses the connection between the rise of … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Innovating urban energy

The paper by Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. [It] assesses the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Can We Build Cities That Think Like A Planet?

Developing measures of network resilience is one job of network theory. It’s a particularly pressing issue for understanding cities and their role in the Anthropocene. As the multiply overlapping networks … Continue reading

Saturday, 29 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Rethink, Retool, Reboot: Technology as if people and planet mattered

Rethink, Retool, Reboot presents the evidence and analysis that informs Practical Action’s organisational mission to create a world with Technology Justice: where technology and innovation is used to end poverty … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 September 2016 · Leave a comment