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

Written by a builder and occupant of her own eco-home, Sheffield Professor Jenny Pickerill brings us Eco-Homes – a book that unpicks the complexities of social, geographical, and political issues surrounding eco-homes, and that thus helps us to understand much of the resistance to building them. She asserts, “the knowledge, capacity and technology are already available to build eco-homes or retrofit existing housing stock”, but an over-emphasis on technology at the cost of social and aesthetic elements hinders their growth (page 2).

With empirical analysis of Can Tho City, Vietnam, this book attends to the critical question of how socioeconomic transformation processes affect vulnerability related to natural hazards. By focusing on a medium-sized city in an emerging economy, Matthias Garschagen studies the causal links among vulnerability, economic development and human development change. This book provides an excellent and in-depth study of the literature and existing frameworks for interpreting vulnerability and adaptation to natural hazards. It also explore influences from both state and non-state actors.

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In the week of the urban-themed 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, we ask what is needed for this approach to succeed in urban spaces.
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Join us for a discussion on the likely outcomes and impacts of this year's UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III – as well as the launch of the April issue of Environment & Urbanization.

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