Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Though Detroit was once the iconic “Worst City of America”, since 2009 Americans have started to celebrate the possibility of the city’s resurgence.

Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City is concerned with how we can feed ourselves into the future, and with major aspects of climate adaptation and/or mitigation (page 1).

Experiments is published by Next City – a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism & events around the world.

Thirsting for a Future opens with a provocative sentence: “No one suffers more from a change in climate than a child” (page 8).

Water and Politics comes at a time when the problem of water delivery to millions of urban residents in the global South is “increasingly fraught with inequality, corruption and social conflict” (page 214).

Self-reliance is, by definition, about individualized responsibility for social wellbeing and economic security. This idea drives urban refugee livelihood programmes, in India and beyond, as aid organizations seek to ensure refugees do not depend on assistance long term.

The Boko Haram insurgency has engulfed many parts of Northern Nigeria since 2010. About 2 million people have fled into urban areas around crisis zones. However, barely 10 per cent of these internally displaced people (IDPs) are sheltered in formal humanitarian camps.

There has been a contentious relationship throughout history between water and cities. Cities need water for their existence; yet their very existence threatens water resources and supply, and degrades water quality.

Planetary Gentrification, by Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales, explores two principal questions: Does the concept of gentrification have a global application, and does generalized gentrification really exist?

Humanitarian crises in cities require responses that reflect the urban context, address urban challenges, and provide urbanised solutions. This paper focuses on providing guidance on good practice in cash for work (CfW) programmes.