Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

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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.

Will publication of the latest GOLD report on global urban equality drive a call for transformative action and real change?Is this going to be just another thick global report sitting on someone's shelf? A publication that ends up gathering dust rather than making real changes? Can a global report be a means for transformation?

Guest blogger Antarin Chakrabarty reflects on how valuable data for slum upgrading programmes can be forgotten, rediscovered and then used to good effect.

Our guest bloggers reflect on what was learned about COVID-19 in Karachi, about responses and their limitations – responses done badly, not at the scale needed, or not at all – as if the pandemic were no longer an issue.

Guest blogger Vanesa Castán Broto describes how young people’s needs and priorities are often ignored, as is their potential to contribute creative solutions, and their role in stimulating green growth.

Our guest bloggers describe how limited funds, made available during the pandemic, led to a cooperative business start-up which eases the domestic burden on women, benefits the local community and improves public health by reducing infection risk.

The methodology designed by a women-led social movement from the global South has enabled tower-block tenants in inner-city Manchester to address health and social inequalities.

As part of the Covid Collective, research projects led by IIED and the