Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
E and U October 2020 cover detail


Current issue: Rethinking the roles of the state and communities in urban housing and land-use management II

This is the second of two special issues dedicated to urban housing and land-use management. As with the first issue, there is a strong focus on housing inadequacy in informal settlements, as well as the roles of community groups and local governments in strengthening housing policies. Several papers on East Africa explore different facets of inclusive shelter. And two COVID-19 papers add urgency to the discussion of urban housing.

The Climate Change in Cities paper explores Durban’s experiences under the 100 Resilient Cities programme. The feedback papers tackle community fire response in Nairobi; criminal violence and electricity provision; the need for integrated research on vulnerability and resilience; and measurement of residential segregation in Chile.



Book notes

According to its introduction, Kids at Work “is the first book to look at the participation of child street vendors in the United States” (page 3). These children are often US citizens working with their undocumented Mexican or Central American parents, selling tamales, cold drinks, and other food from mobile carts or prams. There are over 50,000 street vendors in Los Angeles.

This design-focused book proposes a utopian “City of Refugees” that would actually encompass four cities of refuge on four continents. The aspiration is to create a “new, global multi-ethnic society based upon justice and tolerance: a city conceived as being economically viable in a sustainable, net zero environment. The proposed cities take on the status of a Nation State with their own passports.” (page 14)

Latest blogs

Which factors determine whether a city makes it onto the list of the world’s fastest growing cities? In the latest in a series focusing on the transition to a predominantly urban world, David Satterthwaite takes a closer look.
In the latest in our series of blogs and interviews focusing on the transition to a predominantly urban world, David Satterthwaite looks at community-driven data collection and mapping.
In the latest in our series of blogs and interviews about the transition to a predominantly urban world, David Satterthwaite discusses the vast gaps in city data, and explains why planning, governing and servicing cities calls for data that is broken down into city and sub-city level.

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E&U's sister journal  Medio Ambiente y Urbanizacion focusses on Latin America

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