Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Across the Middle East and North Africa, water utilities are increasingly struggling to maintain services during protracted conflicts. To become more resilient, they need to tackle long-standing vulnerabilities that let the impacts of conflicts accumulate.

This slick report is an unofficial means of assessing progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These chapters discuss dispossession in cities including Accra, Colombo, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, London, and Berlin. The range of the case studies shows that this practice is not limited to low-income cities.

Bangladesh has the highest population density of any country, and its variable climate and position on a flood-prone delta make it very vulnerable to climate change.

New Urban Worlds works from the premise that a conventional approach to urban studies, looking at formal systems and broad institutional processes, is insufficient. Instead, it argues, we need to look at the neighbourhood or district level to get at the essence of urban lives.

Cash transfers are increasingly used in urban humanitarian crises. They can stimulate markets and let people choose the help they actually need. But they can also influence gender equality and women’s economic empowerment — for good or, potentially, for bad.

This report documents the nature and frequency of violations of children’s rights in the context of displacement. In 2015, there were 10 million child refugees and 1 million asylum seekers worldwide.

This edited collection seizes upon what its editor calls “the urban moment”, to address some of the most pressing issues affecting cities worldwide. These include globalization, surveillance, feminism, gentrification and sustainability.

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, 13.5 million Syrians need humanitarian aid. But aid in northern Syria focuses inflexibly on food kits that are expensive to administer, designed to satisfy short-term needs. Many people sell their food aid to pay for other urgent needs.

Urban Environments in Africa attempts to fill what Garth Myers argues is a gap in scholarship: marrying environmental and urban studies in African contexts. The book mainly discusses cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, all the way up to the megacities Cairo and Lagos.