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Laos Dam Collapse Sparks Compassion amid Criticism

Erik Fruth ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-07 17:56

The dam collapse in southern Laos’ Attapeu Province in July 2018 led to an outpouring of global generosity and some serious criticisms about the safety of hydropower dams in the Mekong river basin....

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From Transactional to Transformative: The Case for Equity in Gateway City Transit-Oriented Development

Dr. Tracy A. Corley (Research Reports) 2021-01-31 14:38

Lab contributor Dr. Tracy Corley led the authorship of a report that kicks off broader discussions about the role of equity in transforming cities and towns. This timely report examines geographic and...

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Multiple Meanings in Local Initiatives: A Glimpse from the World Music Market

Dr. Glaucia Peres da Silva ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-09-05 21:34

From the case of the World Music market, we learn that local initiatives always have multiple meanings—a polysemy that cannot be avoided and must be considered in analysis and practice for local...

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German economic strategies, Part II: Can works councils promote inclusive economies in the U.S. and beyond?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2019-10-23 08:41

In Part I of this topic, I wrote about how “patient capital” is emerging in mainstream thought as U.S. policymakers conceptualize how to create inclusive economies, or economies that provide everyone...

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Can German economic strategies offer promise for more equitable development in the U.S.?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2019-03-18 11:04

I recently completed two years of research on informality in Germany, where all unregulated economic exchanges of goods, services, and labor are illegal. To understand German reliance on rule-of-law...

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