Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

If Street Food Disappears in Bangkok

Bangkok is renowned for its street food, but since 2014 the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has embarked in the removal of tens of thousands of street vendors, including a significant … Continue reading

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Gendered strategies of Hanoi’s street food vendors

Drawing upon examples of street vendors in Hanoi, this study explores gendered strategies to adapt to rapid urbanization, and how street vendors’ responses, in turn, shape the current informal food … Continue reading

Friday, 22 December 2017 · Leave a comment

The Production of Space by the Street Vending System

Street vending draws its substance from the space, the street, and the economic exchange lies on the simultaneous presence of two actors: the customer and the vendor. Thus, it seems … Continue reading

Sunday, 17 December 2017 · Leave a comment

How a New Kind of “Modern” Urban Development Can Include Street Vendors

City designers can recognize that popular patronage of street vending demonstrates demand for these services, and see the bottom-up tendency toward mixed-use development that blends a variety of activities at … Continue reading

Monday, 7 December 2015 · Leave a comment

Informal Economy Monitoring Study

The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) is a major study of the urban informal economy being undertaken in 10 cities around the world: Accra, Ghana; Ahmedabad, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Belo … Continue reading

Friday, 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment