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.


Book notes

This is a large format and very visual atlas that charts the diversity of the world’s cities over time, focusing on different types of cities produced by processes of urbanization. One of its main themes is that in every geographic context and historical period, towns and cities have always been engines of economic innovation and centres of cultural expansion, social transformation and political change.

  This is perhaps a surprising publication for an environment and urban-focused journal to give attention to – since its 538 pages give almost no attention to environmental issues and little to urban issues. But if read carefully, it does have a wealth of statistics on health and demography for Nigeria’s urban population (although sadly with no disaggregation below this). It is also important in that demographic and health surveys end up being the main source of statistics on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Latest blogs

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