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Richard Friend

Richard Friend

Richard is a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of York. He has a background in social anthropology and development studies and a PhD from the University of Bath (UK).

Water collection at a public tap in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015. Credit: Richard Friend

Does resilience thinking help or hinder urban development?

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General, New Urbanism 0 Comments

As climate and weather-related risks increase in urban areas, resilience discourses and ideas have gained traction in urban development policy. Arabella Fraser, Research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and Richard Friend, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of York, explore the complexities of urban development and resilience. Is resilience thinking a help or a hindrance? And how can …

In June 2006 a community of 1,367 families were uprooted from central Phnom Penh and forcibly relocated to open swampland in Andong, 22 km from the city and their livelihoods. Credit: Emma Hardy/ Oxfam

The new urban agenda: Rights and transformative change

Governance, New Urbanism 1 Comment

Richard Friend explores The New Urban Agenda in the SDGs and assesses issues around governance in the context of urban development. The New Urban Agenda with its call for “a shared vision of cities for all” appears to offer much in setting development objectives for the coming decades, but it is undermined by a combination of its inability to draw on history …