North entrance to Villa 31 in Buenos Aires

By Jan Riise on 20 Jun, 2021

Villa 20 is one of a number of informal settlements in Buenos Aires. As in many other cities around the world, authorities and inhabitants feared the spread of the corona virus in the informal settlements in the early days of the pandemic. Surprisingly, Villa 20 and some other villas stood out with a considerably slower spread and lower number of infected inhabitants. The Observatory on Latin America (1) carried out an analysis of three villas and specific neighbourhood characteristics as part of the Mistra Urban Futures comparative work on city responses to Covid-19 (2). The study was carried...

By Jan Riise on 20 Jun, 2021

Kisumu city in Kenya is overwhelmed by growing waste generation and limited capacity to expand collection services. Most of the waste of the informal settlements is not collected, posing great health and environment hazards. Several attempts have been made to improve the waste situation. These initiatives have generally been unsuccessful in reaching sustainable solutions. To move forward, a co-production knowledge process on waste management was initiated by Kisumu Local Interaction Platform (KLIP) in 2010, with the overall objective to enhance the waste management value chain and maintain a...

Street Art Cape Town

By Jan Riise on 02 Jun, 2021

Understanding and engaging with the different rationalities of participants in co-production of knowledge processes is essential, writes a Mistra Urban Futures team in a Trialog article.

soweto south africa AURI workshop 2021

By Jan Riise on 12 Mar, 2021

Everyone was asked to ‘drop their titles’ as levelling the playing field is one of the first things one must do when engaging in a process of co-production of knowledge. Marcela Guerrero Casas writes about the second AURI workshop.

By Jan Riise on 09 Mar, 2021

Marcela Guerrero Casas writes about the responsibility of researchers to make scholarship in the public policy domain accessible through opinion writing, blogs and summaries for an audience of non-academics was the theme of the first in a series of three AURI workshops.