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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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