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Bell, D. & Jayne, M. (2006) Small cities: Urban experience beyond the Metropolis. 
Brenner, N. (ed.) (2017) Implosions/explosions: Towards a study of planetary urbanization.
Bunnell, T. & Goh, D. P. S. (eds.) (2018) Urban Asias: Essays on futurity past and present.
Chen, X. & Kanna, A. (eds.) (2012) Rethinking global urbanism: Comparative insights from secondary cities. New 
Denis, E. & Zerah, M. H. (eds.) (2017) Subaltern urbanisation in India: An introduction to the dynamics of ordinary 
Hardoy, J. E. & Satterthwaite, D. (1986) Small and intermediate urban centers: Their role in national and regional development in the third world . 
Hardoy, J. E. & Satterthwaite, D. (1989) Squatter citizen: Life in the urban third world.

Lowder, S. (1991). The context of urban planning in secondary cities: Examples from Andean Ecuador. Cities, 8(1), 54–65.
Miraftab, F. & Kudva, N. (eds.) (2015) Cities of the global South reader.
Oldfield, S. & Parnell, S. (2014) From the South. In: Parnell, S. & Oldfield, S. (eds.) The Routledge handbook on cities of the global South.
Robinson, J. (2006) Ordinary cities: Between modernity and development.
Roy, A. & Ong, A. (eds.) (2011) Worlding cities: Asian experiments and the art of being global.

Roy , A. (2014) Worlding the South: Toward a post-colonial urban theory. In: Parnell, S. & Oldfield, S. (eds.) The Routledge handbook on cities of the global South . London and New York, Routledge, pp. 9–20 

Satterthwaite, D. (2017). The impact of urban development on risk in sub-Saharan Africa’s cities with a focus on small and intermediate urban centres. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 26, 16–23. ijdrr.2017.09.025

Satterthwaite, D. (2021). The often forgotten role of small and intermediate urban centres. ntres. (Accessed 16 May 2021).

Schindler , S. (2017) Towards a paradigm of Southern urbanism. City , 21 (1), 1–18 

Soederberg, S. (2013) The politics of debt and development in the new millennium: An introduction. Third World Quarterly. 34 (4), 535–546.
Van Klinken, G. & Berenschot, W. (eds.) (2014) In search of middle Indonesia: Middle classes in provincial towns.

Zhao, Y. (2020). Jiehebu or suburb? Towards a translational turn in urban studies. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 13(3), 527–542. 10.1093/cjres/rsaa032

City-specific references

  • Nepal/Bharatpur

Asia Foundation (2018) Diagnostic Study of Local Governance in Federal Nepal 2017. Asia Foundation.

Baitsch, T.S. (2018) Incremental Urbanism: A study of incremental housing production and the challenge of its inclusion in contemporary planning processes in Mumbai, India. Doctoral Thesis. Switzerland. Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lalusanne.

Mahat, B. (2017) Nepal Urban Resilience Project: Scoping Study (Inception Report). ADRA Nepal Report.

Moatasim, F. (2019) Entitled urbanism: Elite informality and the reimagining of a planned modern city, Urban Studies, 56 (5), 1009-1025. Available from:

Ruszczyk, H.A. (2020) ‘Newly Urban Nepal’, Urban Geography, early view 27April 2020. 

Ruszczyk, H.A. (2017) The Everyday and Events, Understanding risk perceptions and resilience in urban Nepal. Doctoral Thesis. Durham, UK, Durham University.

Silver, J. (2014) Incremental infrastructures: material improvisation and social collaboration across post-colonial Accra, Urban Geography, 35 (6), 788-804. Available from:

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Population Division (2018) U2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. 2018. Available from: (Accessed: 25 May 2019).

  • China/Luzhou

Jin, Y. (2021) Informalising Formality: the Construction of Penghuqu in an Urban Redevelopment Project in China. Housing Studies (SSCI). DOI:10.1080/02673037.2021.1888888.

He, S., Li, Y., Zhang, Y. & Wang, J., 2018. A small entrepreneurial city in action: policy mobility, urban entrepreneurialism, and politics of scale in Jiyuan, China. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42(4), pp. 684-702.

  • Dili/ Timor-Leste

Moxham, B. & Carapic, J. (2013) Unravelling Dili: The crisis of city and state in Timor-Leste. Urban Studies , 50 (November), 3116–3133.

Scambary , J. (2019) Conflict, identity, and state formation in East Timor, 2000–2017. Leiden, Brill.

  • Zarqa/Jordan

Bear, L. (2015) Navigating Austerity: Currents of Debt along a South Asian River. Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press.

Harker, C. (2021) Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine. Durham, NC, Duke University Press.

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