Sweden’s Loose COVID-19 Containment Approach and the Resulting Mobility Restrictions

    Sep 01, 2020 @ 07:15 AM / by Mona Zayed

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    In May 2020, I conducted a remote housing survey of Stockholm. I read extensively about Sweden’s herd-immunity approach to COVID-19 and how the government is not enforcing business closures.

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    Third Culture Kids: How do you support expatriate children?

    Jul 29, 2020 @ 04:47 AM / by Georgia Frangou

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    The term “Third Culture Kids” refers to children raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport. You may not have heard of this term before, but many children can find themselves in this situation – job opportunities, especially in the technical or engineering field, are often global and expatriation is common. 

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    Key takeaways from 30 interviews across 9 housing markets in Asia

    Jul 14, 2020 @ 03:39 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    Over six months after the first COVID-19 case was reported, countries across the world are still adjusting to the new “normal.” After conducting almost thirty real estate interviews across nine Asian cities, the difference in city positioning, restrictions, capacity, and others’ perception of each city is stark, and the executive segments of these markets are responding differently.

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    Kinshasa's early COVID-19 prevention

    Jul 07, 2020 @ 12:30 AM / by Andrew Morollo

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    I arrived early in the morning at Kinshasa’s N'djili International Airport this past January 29th on a connecting flight from Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, I expected the same chaos that I experienced during my previous surveys in 2003 and 2008, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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    The popularity of Oyster Bay and Masaki in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Jun 30, 2020 @ 04:14 PM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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    On my most recent trip, I surveyed Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital and most populous city in Tanzania. While conducting my survey, I observed that several areas have developed in order to cater to expatriate needs. While overall availability of goods and services is consistent, certain categories are lacking and require purchases to be made on home leave or through travel to nearby international cities, like Nairobi.

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    A Tale of Two Cities: Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria

    Jun 23, 2020 @ 03:45 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    The decision to move the Nigerian capital from Lagos to Abuja was made in 1976. However, after many years of planning, development, and construction, Abuja finally replaced Lagos as the political capital in 1991.

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    A Cautious Hopefulness Prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak: My Cost-of-Living Survey in Brazil

    Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:45 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    Before my trip to Brazil, I heard both positive and negative impressions of the country. Since it was my first time visiting, I was interested to see which kind of experience I’d have. It ended up being a bit of both.

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    Cape Town Security During Load Shedding

    Jun 09, 2020 @ 02:37 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    I arrived in Cape Town during Stage 4 load shedding, when state-run energy company Eskom was conducting one of four scheduled two-hour blackouts. In Camps Bay, I passed expatriate quality homes along the water and saw that every home displayed a large security company sticker. I also noticed that, even during a blackout, electric fences were still buzzing.

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    Urban Flooding during Survey in South America

    May 27, 2020 @ 07:55 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    While South American countries have a wet season, the duration and severity vary. Knowing this and having traveled extensively throughout the continent, my February survey delivered some unique experiences. I encountered urban flooding in both Brazil and Paraguay and in both instances the flooding occurred subsequent to a relatively short period of rainfall. Both times also seemed to be a failure of infrastructure more than anything else.

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    South African Utilities: Rolling Blackouts and Day Zero

    May 19, 2020 @ 05:35 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    This February I surveyed Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, South Africa. After 30+ travel hours from Boston, I arrived in Cape Town eager to decompress in my hotel room. Once there, front desk staff informed me that I could not check in yet because the power was down. They explained that the typical length of a blackout is two hours and this one had started about a minute after my arrival.

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