Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The Geopolitics of Cities: Old challenges, new issues

How an urban global agenda should respond to the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by an unequal urban society? How would it address the increase of socio-spatial inequalities and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 · Leave a comment

Demographic Trends and Urbanization

Global demographic trends are at a turning point. As population growth rates continue to decline in every region of the world, and in the face of an unprecedented aging of … Continue reading

Saturday, 22 May 2021 · Leave a comment

How illegality shapes urban planning, policy and development

Most research on urban planning, policy and development only considers legal practices and actors, and treats illegal ones as insignificant anomalies, unable to structurally affect the governance of urban space. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 3 November 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

Coproducing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the global South

The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences—as academics and professionals—in coproducing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the global South. The focus of the paper is … Continue reading

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wealth of Cities : Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Modes of Informal Urban Development: A Global Phenomenon

The concept of informality has often been misunderstood. Its, especially, urban character is rarely appreciated. With respect to urban development, it was once thought to distinguish the Global South, a … Continue reading

Sunday, 29 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Addressing Informality in Cities

Informality is a key contributor to successful emerging economies while on the other hand it drives socio-spatial inequality. Understanding and addressing the dynamics of informality is therefore strategic. This policy … Continue reading

Friday, 25 October 2019 · Leave a comment

The economic effects of urban density

This paper synthesises the state of knowledge on the economic effects of density. We consider 347 estimates of density elasticities of a broad range of outcomes ranging from wages, innovation, … Continue reading

Friday, 3 May 2019 · Leave a comment