How can evidence-based policy help in disadvantaged places?

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In this blog, Henry Overman – Principal Investigator of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth – outlines some of its work around socially excluded communities. This blog was originally posted on the Centre’s website.…

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A participatory approach to initiating transformative actions from the bottom-up

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Jai and Ketaki Bhadgaonkar (Bombay 61) give this report from the Ideation Workshop in Mumbai for the TAPESTRY project. This blog post draws on a visit undertaken as part of TAPESTRY, a new transdisciplinary project which…

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Unlocking potential: bringing opportunities to disadvantaged places

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The challenges of left-behind places go well beyond the lack of economic opportunities — the solutions must too. This blog by Elena Magrini, an analyst at Centre for Cities, outlines some of the findings of the…

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Picturing Cape Town’s townships: sandy neighbourhoods, neglected space and thriving enterprise hotspots

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In this picture blog, the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)‘s Ivan Turok explores house building, community development and enterprise expansion in some of Cape Town’s townships. This piece was originally posted…

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Jalandhar: emigration, transnationalism and the future of a ‘smart chowk’ development

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This blog on the proposed smart city development in Jalandhar by Ayona Datta, Principal Investigor of the project Learning from Small Cities: Governing Imagined Futures and the Dynamics of Change in India’s Smart Urban Age, was…

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Causal Inference and Its Importance for Urban Growth

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This blog by Jairo Alejandro Goméz Escobar has been reposted from the PEAK Urban website. As part of PEAK Urban, I am currently leading a research project that aims to model the urban footprint growth of selected…

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A Car Free City: Utopian Dream or Realistic Vision?

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This blog by Andy Hong was reposted from the PEAK Urban website, with minor amendments to reflect the time of publication. Last Sunday, 22 September, London went car-free. A total of 20km of road across the…

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Creative Experiments in Cities Can Lead to New Jobs and Sustainable Infrastructures

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This piece by Liza Rose Cirolia was reposted from the PEAK Urban website and is an edited version of a Commentary originally posted as The Infrastructural Dimensions of African Urbanization.  Gaps in infrastructure systems have long histories in…

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No Slums and a ‘Vision City’: An Impression of Kigali’s Housing

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In this blog, Professor Ya Ping Wang, Director of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), reflects on housing in Kigali’s different neighbourhoods. This piece was originally posted on the SHLC website.…

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Data Spaces and Democracy

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Dr Igor Calzada is a research fellow, policy adviser and lecturer at the University of Oxford Urban Transformations ESRC and Future Cities programmes. This article was originally featured in the RSA Journal.  “We are already becoming…

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