Editorial: Environment and Urbanization — Special Issue on Urban Livelihoods

Caroline Skinner was the lead editor for the October 2016 Environment and Urbanization Special Issue on Urban Livelihoods. The launch of the issue coincided with the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III – in Quito, Ecuador. The New Urban Agenda explicitly recognises ‘the contribution of the working poor in the informal economy’ advocating a ‘people-centred’ approach and stronger urban governance including mechanisms that ‘empower and include urban stakeholders’.   This marks a significant global shift in thinking.   The articles included in the special issue, drawing on WIEGO’s (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) wealth of urban informal economy research, policy and advocacy work, supports this agenda. They present statistics, survey findings and detailed case evidence that together show that including the informal economy in urban policy and practice is both necessary and possible.

Article available from Environment and Urbanisation, September 2016. (Open Access).

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Publication Type Editorial
Publisher Environment and Urbanisation
Year 2016
Editor(s) Martha Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner
DOI 10.1177/0956247816662405
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