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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:26
It is seemingly a strange notion that there should be different perspectives on urban ecology, especially when urban areas worldwide exhibit similar characteristics in the broader era that we now commonly call the anthropocene. The diversity of “Southern” perspectives draws on the cultural diversity of the “South”, which  is rooted in the ecological diversity of this geographical collective.... Read more
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 Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:54
Nearly 60% of all refugees now live in cities, a trend that will continue as camps increasingly become an option of last resort. Already, this urban shift is catalysing monumental changes across the sector, including in how humanitarians think about, and embark upon, community-based protection. The ‘communities’ at the heart of community-based protection are not predetermined.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:30
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) publishes a new Global Political Economy Brief that presents new research findings by SPERI Associate Fellow Dr Tom Goodfellow on property taxation and economic development in Rwanda and Ethiopia.   The new Brief charts the rapid urbanisation that has taken place in recent decades in Rwanda and Ethiopia, two of the world’s poorest, but most... 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 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 13:54
The essence of good governance is infrastructure provision which will ensure sustainable growth and development of Nations. Inclusive governance which involves all stakeholders in a nation is the best form of governance; the one that can ensure smart and resilient cities. Inclusive government means that all the stakeholders are involved in decision – making and contribute their quotas in the... 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 Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 18:33
          Content Special Issue on “Infrastructure and Transportation Planning”   Wangtu(Ato) Xu and Jen Te Pai Editorial Introduction Special Issue on “Infrastructure and Transportation Planning” Shu-Ying Tsai, Ting-Yueh Chen and Chuan-Jen Ning Elderly People's Social Support and Walking Space by Space-time Path: A Case Study of Taipei Xinyi District Longzhu Xiao Wangtu (Ato) Xu and Jixiang Liu... Read more