Exploring city and infrastructure systems through research, policy, and community building.
A network started at the University of Oxford and growing beyond.
On Tuesday 29 May 2018, the Oxford Urbanists and Cities that Work, an initiative of the International Growth Centre, hosted a panel event titled “Can Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Drive Growth in Developing Cities?” to discuss evidence for improved policy.
Diego Sánchez Ancochea, Associate Professor of the Political Economy of Latin America at the University of Oxford, sat down with Luciano Mateo Rodriguez Carrington to discuss challenges for social policy and cities in Latin America. He highlights Latin American countries’ unequal success in advancing social policy, a need to tailor ideas of universal social policy for the Latin American context, the relevance of social policy for urban integration, and the risks of overly broad international development goals.
Singapore is a resource-poor city-state with one of the highest population densities in the world. Yet it has turned its challenges into strengths and increasingly branded itself as a global hub of expertise and ‘best practices’ for urban development. How might we understand the processes driving Singapore’s burgeoning influence on international city development? What are some challenges that come with this influence?
In this essay, Christoph Lindner explores various kinds of spectral living in an era of postindustrial ruin – from London’s abandoned mansions to Mumbai’s ghost skyscrapers.
The ‘smart city’ concept is no paradigm shift. But with the potential for real-time data to both transform governance and perpetuate social inequalities, the technology-centred projects associated with it warrant critical examination.
Sai Villafuerte speaks to Mexican photographer, Arturo Soto, about his debut photobook In the Heat and what it means to negotiate our place in a city.
Luciano Mateo Rodriguez Carrington chats with Dr. Andreza de Souza Santos from the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society on the importance of collaboration in addressing urban migration issues in Brazil.
In the Global South, informal transport systems are digitising and becoming more integrated with rapidly growing formal systems. In the North, cities are expanding microtransit in an effort to scale back inefficient formal systems. We may be witnessing a convergence of North and South models of urban mobility.
Innovations like solar energy, drone-delivered medical supplies, and cashless bus routes promise to improve quality of life in Rwanda.