Credibility of Informality: Call for papers

For a special issue on the Credibility of Informality with regards to the property rights of urban housing, slums and land in an urban context, the journal Cities (SSCI, IF: 2.7) could consider high-quality papers.   Papers that focus on informal property rights in regions except for China, i.e.: Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, etc., ca...
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Nail households also appear outside China

"Even as its economy slows, China’s investment in real estate and infrastructure has lost little steam. A common problem for developers, though, is that especially in and around major cities plum land parcels are often already occupied. The solution? Evict the residents. Sometimes developers or local governments compensate or relocate those they kick out, usually offering less than the origin...
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CUP Co-editor in Development Studies

For a new Cambridge University Press book series on International Development the editorial board is looking for a co-editor. The book series is inter-disciplinary, pooling contributions from political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, law, public administration, geography, planning and environmental studies. The co-editor scouts, commissions and organizes the reviews for book proposal...
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Book launch Unmaking China’s Development at Dutch Embassy

BEIJING On May 14, Peter Ho presented his new book 'Unmaking China's Development: The Function and Credibility of Institutions' at the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (press release). The event was well-attended with representatives of the China Ministry of Natural Resources, Wall Street Journal, Ford Foundation, CITIC, Singapore Straits Times, and the Dutch Financial Daily. See below fo...
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Interview marathon with architect Rem Koolhaas

WUZHEN In the beautiful town of Wuzhen, Rem Koolhaas, architect of the CCTV Building in Beijing and the Pritzker Prize laureate, hosted an “interview marathon”. During this event he held non-stop interviews on new trends in China's agriculture with leading intellectuals, artists, writers, planners and officials. Koolhaas engaged in the interviews through a high-speed video-conference link, each in...
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Impressions from the triple session at the annual PLPR conference

Due to great interest of the session’s topic the PLPR organizers decided to allocate three slots for the session ‘Credibility of Informality’. This allowed for three inspiring sessions – chaired by Peter Ho, Rachelle Alterman and Benjamin Davy – with presentations on the related topics of planning, land and housing in a variety of contexts, including Israel, Serbia, China and Hong Kong.  P...
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