Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Addressing urban inequalities II: Discursive and material practices through scale

This issue pairs research from sites in Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Harare, Lilongwe, Lima and Mumbai with analyses of policies relating to climate-impacted dwellers in urban Bangladesh, to state-provided housing in South Africa and to the framing of ‘slums’ in global policy discourses. Running through each of these papers is a focus on the discursive and material practices at different scales that can reinforce inequalities – but that when co-produced with the aim of fulfilling the rights of urban residents, can also construct and reproduce pathways to urban equality.



Book notes

Our current climate emergency is unfolding within the context of extended urbanization, and the disconnection between theory and policy and politics of climate change has urgent socio-ecological implications. The editors of Turning Up the Heat declare that Urban Political Ecology (UPE) scholarship cannot ignore these implications and through this volume aim to set out an integrated UPE agenda that is better suited to address these contemporary environmental issues.

Nancy Odendaal’s book ‘Disruptive Urbanism’ is concerned with the role that digital platforms could play in the future of African cities. In Chapter 1’s opening discussion on the book’s key concepts, Odendaal highlights that dominant narratives on the ‘smart city’ in Africa often lack an engagement with systemic urban issues, generating homogenous visions of future smart cities that fail to attend to the importance of context and are therefore unable to address the urban challenges in Africa.

Latest blogs

When urban specialist David Satterthwaite was handed a list of Asia’s fastest growing cities he didn’t recognise any of them, while the list of those with the largest annual increases in population was very familiar. Why was that?
Is the valuable technology expertise of the urban poor being overlooked? Guest blogger Antarin Chakrabarty calls for greater awareness using surprising (to some) examples from his work during an ambitious, state-wide slum upgrading programme.
Guest blogger Antarin Chakrabarty continues his tales of data discoveries made in the course of his work in the Indian state of Odisha during its ambitious slum upgrading programme.

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