Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

The historical context of Beijing Garbage dates back to imperial Beijing (pre-1913), when there was no problem of abundant solid waste. In the thrifty periods that followed, recycling was presented as a patriotic duty.

“India is in the process of a revolutionary urban transition” (page 1).

In For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut’s Frontiers, architect and planner Hiba Bou Akar describes how the spectre of anticipated war between sectarian groups informs spatial planning practices in Beirut, Lebanon.

Reversing Urban Inequality in Johannesburg investigates the ways that neoliberal urban policy produces sociospatial inequality in South Africa’s largest city.

It’s challenging, of course, to generalize scientists’ experiences across the entire African continent. Yet this book, based on a four-year study and over 250 interviews, draws out some commonalities among them, as well as some issues that are even more broadly applicable.

A Gender Perspective of Municipal Solid Waste Generation and Management in the City of Bamenda, Cameroon highlights the importance of recognizing and mainstreaming gender perspectives into municipal waste policies and strategies to achieve efficient waste management.

Asia is urbanizing faster than Europe and North America did in the past, and will continue to have the majority of the world’s megacities (urban agglomeration areas with a population of over 10 million).

Urban Safety and Peacebuilding investigates how to sustain peace in the city, drawing attention to the community-level origins of building peace.

In the global South, there is a pressing need to enable and promote resilience to cope with the chronic stresses and acute shocks associated with urbanization and climate change.

Citizenship and Infrastructure introduces and deploys the concept of “infrastructural citizenship” as a lens through which to understand the everyday practices and identities of citizens, and how these affect and are affected by everyday access to public urban infrastructure.