Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: From the MDGs to the SDGs and Habitat III

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals. And the UN Conference Habitat III to be held in October 2016 is meant to agree on “the new urban agenda” through which these goals are to be met. This issue of Environment and Urbanization looks critically at whether the much-needed changes in urban policy and practice will be achieved. It includes papers on:

  • what inclusive urbanization actually means (and whether governments will act on it)
  • the rapidly expanding urban agenda but with diminishing expectations for Habitat III
  • the return to large, heavily subsidized and inappropriate mass housing
  • the high rates of return that can come from good urban policy
  • whether we need a new urban agenda for refugees/those displaced by conflict
  • whether urban centres are taken seriously in the post-2015 Agenda
  • indicators that allow cities to measure and monitor their SDG performance
  • missing the MDG targets for water and sanitation in urban areas
  • getting public and environmental health back into urban agendas


Book notes

This book reports on two projects piloting basic income transfers in Madhya Pradesh, India. In projects funded by UNICEF and coordinated by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the 6,000 residents of nine villages received a very modest amount for 1 ½ years: Rs. 200 (less than US$ 3) per adult and Rs. 100 per child per month (increasing by 50 per cent in June 2012 on account of inflation). This amounted to about 30 per cent of monthly expenditure for those under the poverty line.

In the Public’s Interest examines how evictions of informal settlers allow us to challenge, and therefore better understand, the dynamics of contemporary urbanism. The book stems from Gautam Bhan’s local research to quantify the impact of resettlement on evicted residents of Pushta, a basti (informal settlement) in central Delhi. Understanding the basti as a self-constructed urban form – and a particular form of urbanism – Bhan seeks to interpret the transformations that basti evictions signal.

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