So I started a blog. Why, you ask? Well, I decided it was time to organize my thoughts on topics that interest me in a way that would facilitate both future reference (what did I think about that article by so and so…..?) and to, hopefully, participate in dialogue and discussion.
So what can you expect to find, gracing these pages? It will be dominated by my thoughts, observations and hypotheses on topics such as the following:
- Urban development in global south
- Citizenship and citizen participation
- Urban governance and politics
- International aid and democracy strengthening
- Other topics as they come up
I currently live and work in Guatemala City, so much of my focus will be on issues pertaining to that city. However, I’m interested in these topics writ large, so I will try to make my contributions broadly relevant.
You can also expect to find my thoughts on studies, academic and journalistic articles, reports, cases, etc related to the above themes, again, for my own future reference as well as to contribute to dialogues and debates.
Finally, I’m tantalizingly close to finishing my PhD dissertation, so I’ll pull concise and relevant threads from that tapestry to discuss as well. Related to this, I am currently involved with the creation of a new NGO here in Guatemala City, which will, among other things, focus on citizen participation, community organization and urban development in the community where I carried out my dissertation research here in Guatemala, so expect some discussion of that as well.
So welcome and please, please comment on anything that piques your interest so that we can start a conversation.