This page is meant to serve as a communal resource on informal urbanism. There exists a diverse array of information on this topic, mostly directed towards specific regions, cultures, or countries. These readings provide theoretical insights across wide geographical areas. While I have done my best to stay as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible, please feel free to make any suggestions! I have tried to limit the resources to policy- and planning-relevant topics. To view articles and abstracts, click on any of the titles.
If you find that the resources below greatly aid you in your endeavors, please consider contributing to the page and/or sending me a message! Happy reading!
- Varley, A. (2013). Postcolonialising Informality? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31, 4-22.
- Bunnell, T., & Harris, A. (2012). Re-Viewing Informality: Perspectives from Urban Asia. International Development Planning Review, 34(4), 339-347.
- McFarlane, C. (2012). Rethinking Informality: Politics, Crisis, and the City. Planning Theory & Practice, 13(1), 89-108.
- Roy, A. (2009). Strangely Familiar: Planning and the Worlds of Insurgence and Informality. Planning Theory, 8(1), 7-11.
- Roy, A. (2005). Urban Informality: Towards an Epistemology of Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association, 71(2), 147-158.
- Werlin, H. (1999). The Slum Upgrading Myth. Urban Studies, 36(9), 1523-1534.
- Assaad, R. (1996). Formalizing the Informal? The Transformation of Cairo's Refuse Collection System. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 16, 115-126.
- Mead, D. C., & Morrisson, C. (1996). The Informal Sector Elephant. World Development, 24(10), 1611-1619.
- Sanyal, B. (1996). The Myth of Development from Below. Retrieved from http://web.mit.edu/sanyal/www/articles/Myth%20of%20Dev.pdf
- Peattie, L. R. (1994). An Argument for Slums. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 13(2), 136-143.
- Assaad, R. (1993). Formal and Informal Institutions in the Labor Market, with Applications to the Construction Sector in Egypt. World Development, 21(6), 925-939.
- Hart, K. (1973). Informal Income Opportunities and Urban Employment in Ghana. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 11(1), 61-89.
BOOKS (FOR THE MORE AMBITIOUS!)
- Mukhija, V., & Loukaitou-Sideris, A. (Eds.). (2014). The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Gula-Khasnobis, B., Kanbur, R., & Ostrom, E. (Eds.). (2006). Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Roy, A., & AlSayyad, N. (Eds.). (2004). Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Portes, A., Castells, M., & Benton, L. (1989). The Informal Economy: Studies in Advanced and Less Developed Countries. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.