Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
Current issue: Towards resilience and transformation for cities II

Current issue: Towards resilience and transformation for cities II

After an editorial on how to get local governments, residents and enterprises to respond to the new IPCC Fifth Assessment, four papers discuss different aspects of resilience, and six papers show the full spectrum of responses to climate change. There are also papers on the highly innapropriate city plans being developed in sub-Saharan Africa and India; on urban poverty in Zambia; participatory budgeting in Chengdu, China; Community upgrading in Manila; and participatory methods for researching entrepreneurship.

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Book notes

This PhD thesis presents a large body of knowledge that guides academics and practitioners in the fields of transitions, adaptive co-management and flood risk management regarding approaches to Integrated Flood Risk Management (IFRM).

The author seeks to make sense of contemporary global urbanization.  He argues against a narrow focus on local contexts and characters of cities, which obscures the economic complementarities increasingly connecting cities across the world.  He also challenges the idea of a global city, arguing that in the current stage of globalization, the characteristics ascribed to global cities apply to some extent to all cities. In this view, logistical, economic and other links give each city a potentially significant role on the world stage.

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The latest draft of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets contains a stunning list of commitments, but fails to address how we will achieve them. 
This interactive data visual illustrates the scale and speed of urban transformation that research by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) has sought to document and describe. A guide to its use can be found underneath the visual.
How do poverty and vulnerability to climate change overlap? If you're to tackle either issue in urban contexts how must you engage with the other? How can practitioners in cities, in national government agencies and international organisations support urban development that reduces risk and boosts low-income residents' standard of living?

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Sister journals

E&U has two sister journals, focusing on Latin America and Asia:

E & U Latin AmericaEnvironment and Urbanization Asia