Posts in Politics & Planning
The contribution of urban design to the built environment in Europe

The practice of urban design, and its role in creating cities, is a contested space. In this original article Judith Ryser examines tensions between professional disciplines in the creation and delivery of urban design in European cities. Drawing on the work of Francis Tibbalds, Ryser uses three key city issues - climate change, ICT and public participation - to identify ways through these tensions and new opportunities for the urban design profession. Ryser tests conceptions of urban design in the shaping of cities, and identifies new ways for the profession to help achieve sustainable urban development.

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Surveys and the City: Three Challenges to Quality Data Collection in Urban Areas

Development economists use household survey data to measure living standards across the world, but reliable data for cities in the global south is hard to come by. This article addresses three challenges to collecting data in cities – measurement, missing people, and money – as well as steps that can be taken in the design, implementation, and analysis of survey data to try and address them.

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In Conversation: Dialogue on Andreza A. de Souza Santos’ “Trading time and space”

In conversation with Dr Andreza A. de Souza Santos and Dr Markus Hochmüller, both of the University of Oxford’s Latin America Centre, following the recent publication of Dr de Souza Santos’ article “Trading time and space: Grassroots negotiations in a Brazilian mining district” in Ethnography 2019, 0(0) 1–23

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At October’s Urban20, City Leaders Must Stand Together to Help Shape the G20 Agenda

This October’s inaugural U20 Summit offers cities the opportunity to raise the profile of urban policy issues just in advance of the G20. For the U20 to be successful, city leaders must be intentional about finding policy solutions that span scales and levels of government, include a dedicated urban focus, coordinate among cities globally on key issues, and remain context-specific.

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In Oxford visit, UN-Habitat chief emphasizes people-first approach and interdisciplinary collaboration

On 15 May 2018, Ms. Mainmunah Mohd Sharif, the first Asian woman to serve as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, engaged in a roundtable discussion with students, faculty, and practitioners at the University of Oxford. She emphasized the value of inclusivity and interdisciplinary collaboration in urban planning. 

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Exporting planning and expertise: A small city-state’s claim to fame through urban development

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?

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