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Informality Research Observatory

From a rights-based perspective, IRO brings together global researchers and practitioners, linked through Cardiff, to develop new knowledge on the urban informal economy.

The Informality Research Observatory brings together academics who are working to understand and develop solutions for the informal economy.

From street traders, to construction workers and cleaners, the informal economy is the life blood of 21st century cities. Yet workers face limited rights and dire working conditions, and city governments need expertise to protect and empower vulnerable workers and to profit from this dynamic economy.

Take a look at our projects, each examining a different area of the informal economy.

Read more about some of the conferences and events we have attended to share our research.