Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urbanization in the Developing World: Too Early or Too Slow?

We describe patterns of urbanization in the developing world and the extent to which they differ from the developed world. We consider the extent to which urbanization in the developing … Continue reading

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Inclusive economic growth in Kenya: the spatial dynamics of poverty

Kenya poses a conundrum. Its top-line economic growth has been impressive and it has been one of the fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. However, poverty has … Continue reading

Tuesday, 4 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Moving urban political ecology beyond the ‘urbanization of nature’

Urban political ecology (UPE) focuses on unsettling traditional understandings of ‘cities’ as ontological entities separate from ‘nature’ and on how the production of settlements is  metabolically linked with flows of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Unaffordable and Undrinkable: Rethinking Urban Water Access in the Global South

In 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization reported that over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources. But new research suggests the indicators used by UNICEF/WHO … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Rethinking sustainable cities: Accessible, green and fair

Sustainable urbanisation has moved to the forefront of global debate, research and policy agendas over recent years. Rapid urbanisation throughout China, India and many other low and middle income countries … Continue reading

Friday, 2 September 2016 · Leave a comment

What is the Urban? – Videos

Videos from the conference “What is the Urban?” held April 2016 at Iowa State University. The urban, long a popular topic of inquiry, has become an unavoidable condition for contemporary … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Urban Migration and social exclusion

Much of India’s future urbanization will be the result of migration from rural areas and small cities and towns. These urban migrants are often invisible, voiceless and powerless. This working … Continue reading

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

The Right to the City idea challenges us first and foremost as individuals to decide what basic human rights – such as land, housing, water and sanitation – are “non-negotiable” … Continue reading

Friday, 13 May 2016 · Leave a comment