Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Vulnerability of informal settlements in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change

Rapid urbanization and climate change together increase the vulnerability of poor urban communities to natural hazards, undermining urban resilience. It is therefore critical to identify and deepen our understanding of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 · Leave a comment

The techno-centric gaze

Much of the existing research on citizen participation technologies takes the technology as its starting point, focusing primarily the identification and analysis of technical barriers to adoption and assessing opportunities … Continue reading

Friday, 22 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Who owns the city?

Much is at stake in the political competition over who will shape the destinies of Asia’s metropolitan areas: private investors and their pro-free-market backers, conservative and radical religious groups, or … Continue reading

Friday, 13 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Civic Tech in the Global South

Civic Tech in the Global South is comprised of one study and three field evaluations of civic tech initiatives in developing countries. The study reviews evidence on the use of … Continue reading

Thursday, 31 August 2017 · Leave a comment

What is the role of community-led urban development?

By 2050, two-thirds of people worldwide will live in urban areas. Many city dwellers in the global South live in informal settlements, without access to basic services. The global Sustainable … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Inequality, Power and Participation – Revisiting the Links

Drawing on the contributions from the World Social Science Report 2016, Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World, this article examines the relationship between economic inequality and political participation. In … Continue reading

Monday, 12 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Community Engagement Strategies for Open Data Collaborations

From exploring neighborhood maps to generating analysis and building applications, citizens, businesses, nonprofits and technologists can all benefit from open data. However, much of the recent focus on open data … Continue reading

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Mapping Grassroots: Geodata and the structure of community-led open environmental science

Using balloons and kites to launch cameras as “community satellites”, grassroots mappers around the world have engaged in local-level, activist remote sensing — building upon the critical cartography and participatory … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Participatory Budgeting: Next Generation Democracy

[White paper] – In a time of rising civic disengagement, many city leaders are using an innovative tool to reconnect with the people they serve: Participatory budgeting, known as “PB.” PB … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 · Leave a comment