Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Decarbonising Cities explores how urban development can be harnessed to minimize natural resource depletion and climate change. Instead of discussing environmental problems at length, it focuses on potential solutions – with cities at the core.

David Henley, Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies at Leiden University, here tackles a thorny question: Why have sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia experienced such divergent development paths in the past half-century?

As part of the series PoliMI SpringerBriefs, published by Springer and Politecnico di Milano, this is a short and technology-focused work. It shows how the data from mobile phone networks and other technological sources might be used to assess urban mobility.

Fittingly for a book written by the editor-in-chief of The China Chronicle, a media website based largely on travel writing, this is a journalistic and personal account of a less analysed phenomenon of Chinese development.

This book provides an overview of health geography, the sub-field of human geography that applies to medicine and health. The cases are very varied. For instance, one chapter explores the limited resources and geographical challenges (e.g.

A thought-provoking book, The Future of Development builds upon the recognition that “development” is a political concept.

The Informal American City is a response to both increasing informal urbanism in the United States and the simplistic notion that informality is only a negative or marginal aspect of urbanization, to be discouraged or ignored.

Land Access and Resettlement: A Guide to Best Practice seeks to limit the negative impacts of natural resource exploitation and infrastructure projects, such as mining operations and dams, on local communities.

This handbook brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to explore a wide range of issues in gender and development.

This paper examines the economic losses caused by urban flooding. It begins by identifying components of economic losses (i.e. direct costs and indirect costs) at different stages of the flood (i.e.