Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

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.

Upgrading Informal Settlements in South Africa is a collaborative effort of the Isandla Institute, the African Centre for Cities, and others.

This is a follow-up to the 2001 Handbook of Urban Studies, and shows the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of scholarship that falls under the urban studies label. The editors explain in the introduction that they deliberately avoided a linear approach to editing this collection.

Urban areas are now home to over half the global population as well as two thirds of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).

It’s clear that there’s a massive lack of affordable housing worldwie – McKinsey estimates that this affects 330 million urban households, and the number will grow as the urban population does.

This edited collection discusses the notion of “precarious neighborhoods”. This is part of a strand of research that attempts to go beyond the legal/illegal divide and the dualistic formal/informal vision (pages 13 and 15).

Since the majority of urban displaced live in informal settlements or in rental accommodation without formal lease agreements, tenure insecurity – the risk of forced eviction – is a defining feature of their lives. Finding housing solutions in emergencies in large cities is extremely complex.