Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Themes for future issues

April 2017: Understanding the full spectrum of risk in urban areas.

Deadline for submissions: passed.

We encourage papers that give insight and detail into the risks that low-income groups face at home and at work, in their daily lives and in relation to regular or occasional disasters – and now also in relation to climate change. We also encourage papers on how they seek to reduce risks. There is a substantial literature on risk in relation to livelihoods and to disasters and a less substantial one on everyday (mostly preventable) health burdens. There is a growing literature on climate change risk. But there has been far too little attention to understanding the full range of risks facing low-income women, men and children and their relative importance in relation to premature death, illness, injury and impoverishment. Within this, little attention has been given to the health risks (and resulting health burdens) faced by those who live in informal settlements and the implications for their employment and incomes.

This issue will be developed with the network of institutions engaged in a research programme on Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK). This is working in cities in Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Niger to better understand the nature and scale of risks, especially for those in low-income areas. For more details, see www.urbanark.org

October 2017: Towards more effective humanitarian response to urban crises.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2017.

Humanitarian crises of various kinds – from natural disasters to conflict – are increasingly played out in urban areas. Responses by the humanitarian sector can have a role in meeting the needs of both displaced populations and host communities, for facilitating recovery of affected households, and for promoting longer-term self-reliance of populations. However, there is increasing recognition of the challenges facing the humanitarian sector in responding effectively in the complex urban environment, with high population densities, formal and informal land tenure systems, and multiple stakeholders all operating within close spatial proximity.

We welcome submissions that explore different facets of humanitarian response in urban contexts and help to document good practice.  Also, to draw lessons learnt in responses to urban humanitarian crises, whether these are natural or human-induced, protracted or short term. We also encourage papers that look at different approaches to humanitarian programming, and how these contribute to longer-term pro-poor urban development.