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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:09
Over the last two centuries there has been a growing acceptance of social and political liberalism as the desirable basis for societal organisation. Economic theory has tried to accommodate itself to that position and has developed increasingly sophisticated models to justify the contention that individuals left to their own devices will self-organise into a socially desirable state. However, in... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:10
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned this Foresight report in 2015 to take a close look at the extent to which food systems are delivering healthy diets today and to assess whether they are fit for the future. While the focus has been on low- and middle-income countries, the findings constitute a stark warning for all countries. Despite past progress,... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:52
The recent availability of geolocalized historical data allows to address quantitatively spatial features of the time evolution of urban areas. Here, we discuss how the number of buildings evolves with population and we show on different datasets (Chicago, 1930 − 2010; London, 1900 − 2015; New York City, 1790 − 2013; Paris, 1861 − 2011) that this curve evolves in a ’universal’ way with three... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 09:42
Urbanisation rates are rapidly rising in Melanesia (Keen and Barbara 2015) as a growing number vote with their feet and move to cities in search of a better standard of living. Despite growing pressures on urban housing, services and infrastructure, political pressure for better urban management and investment remains muted, allowing unresponsive local and national governments to persist (Connell... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 09:33
ABSTRACT India has been witnessing rapid urbanisation in the last decade, particularly in its large and medium-size cities. As more and more people move towards cities and towns, it is imperative to build an understanding of how cities are geared in terms of growth and inclusion. In what ways do India's marginalised communities get excluded from the country's growing urban spaces? This paper... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 09:32
Significance More than 50% of people now live in urban areas. By 2050 this proportion will be 70%. Urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness, but it’s not yet clear why. Through a controlled experiment, we investigated whether nature experience would influence rumination (repetitive thought focused on negative aspects of the self), a known risk factor for mental illness... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:05
The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach to urban policy advocated in the preparatory work of Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, may not be conducive to this goal. The approach lacks a contextual and dynamic... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 13:49
STORY HIGHLIGHTS In many cities, changes in urban growth and productivity patterns can create pockets of underutilized land or decaying neighborhoods Cities from all regions and income levels have mobilized private investment to transform struggling areas into livable, prosperous neighborhoods Based on eight of these success stories, a new World Bank report and online tool will help... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 - 16:23
UCLG explains why all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda matter to local governments in a new guide for local leaders. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a cause for celebration for local and regionalgovernments the world over. Even before the confirmation of the final 17 SDGs, the inclusive nature of the Post-2015 process itself represented a major victory for all... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:25
Rental Housing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges Urbanization and slum formation are intertwined in a context of mal-functioning housing sector and increasing demand for decent housing. Rental housing is thus an important component that cannot be ignored in finding a solution to housing in Africa. Over 2 billion new urban residents are created annually and there is an annual increment of 35... Read more

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