Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: The contribution of cities to local and planetary health - equity, ecosystem services and nature

This special issue examines the contributions that cities make to local and planetary health at a time when an ever-growing share of the world’s population primarily encounters nature within the city. Diverse case studies explore questions of what nature looks like in the city and who it is there to serve. These span a wide array of cities and biomes – from the lakes of Bengaluru, to the floodplains of Khon Kaen, the forests of Obafemi-Owode, the parks of Johannesburg, the orchards of Shenzhen and the wetlands of Kolkata – drawing out the intersections between social and environmental goals in the study of urban socio-ecological systems. 

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Book notes

While much of the focus of the last 18 months has been on how health crises – and particularly pandemics – impact on urban areas, the significance of politics should not be forgotten. Muchadenyika draws on diverse sources to unpick the catalysts of urban change in Harare and two adjacent urban centres, Epworth and Chitungwiza. His longstanding engagement with the city, and with a range of individuals and groups who are remaking outcomes on the ground, is evident. 

Rethinking Urban Risk and Resettlement in the Global South draws on empirical findings based on the collaborative research project Reducing Relocation Risk in Urban Areas. The research was led by the editors of this volume, Cassidy Johnson (principal investigator) and Garima Jain and Allan Lavell (co-principal investigators). Here, they build an empirical and theoretical basis for understanding the problem of urban risk and resettlement, and draw on empirical analysis from case studies in India, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Uganda.

Latest blogs

Ahead of this year’s World Habitat Day themed ‘Housing for All’, David Satterthwaite sets out why adequate housing is fundamental for health, safety, inclusion in society, and access to employment and services – and for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
David Satterthwaite discusses how building government institutions in capital cities contributes to urban change. Cities have always been associated with centres of political power. Most of the world’s 100 largest cities in 2020 are either national capitals or capitals for the next tier of government – state or provincial. Most have been important cities for centuries.
The pandemic is an opportunity for cities to dramatically rethink use of housing, transport and public spaces in ways that would serve all citizens, especially the socially vulnerable. Environmental justice has many health implications, and COVID-19 is no exception.

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