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

Sunday, 3 March 2019 · Leave a comment

The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies

Around the globe, cities seek to improve their resilience to face the stresses and shocks that are expected from global climate change and other threats. In implementing urban resilience policies, … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 · Leave a comment

Developing city resilience strategies : lessons from ICLEI and ACCCRN

Asian cities are on the frontline of climate change. A third of all low-elevation coastal zones in the world are located in Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s urban population … Continue reading

Saturday, 29 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Developing risk or resilience? Effects of slum upgrading on the social contract and social cohesion

In Kibera, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, major development efforts are underway – namely, the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (Kibera Pilot), the Nairobi Railway Relocation Action Plan, and the … Continue reading

Thursday, 27 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t call me resilient again!

The Habitat III Conference’s New Urban Agenda hails a “paradigm shift” for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the new call for “safe, resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities” remains … Continue reading

Saturday, 22 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban resilience efforts must consider social and political forces

The social  and political norms, values, rules, and relationships that undergird and structure the myriad decisions made by public and private actors—what we call “socio-political infrastructure”—are likely to be as … Continue reading

Friday, 27 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban sustainability in an age of enduring inequalities

The environmental fragility of cities under advanced urbanization has motivated extensive efforts to promote the sustainability of urban ecosystems and physical infrastructures. Less attention has been devoted to neighborhood inequalities … Continue reading

Saturday, 7 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Resilience in Cities under Stress

This report aims to highlight diverse sources of urban fragility and approaches to urban transformation, renewal, and resilience. Five authors explore the drivers of fragility in their cities and offer … Continue reading

Friday, 1 July 2016 · Leave a comment

Resilience: the big picture – top themes and trends

This report uses infographics to identify the key themes and emerging trends in resilience thinking and practice. The report includes sections on: The rise in the use of the term … Continue reading

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 · Leave a comment