Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

The authors of Seeing like a City acknowledge their title has been used before, but they openly borrow it. The scholarship in this book presents “cities as forcing houses” (page 1).

Angola’s civil war caused a massive population movement from rural conflict areas to low-lying coastal zones. More than half of Angola’s 27 million people now live in urban coastal settlements, floodplains and steep ravines vulnerable to climate extremes.

This large compendium explores the importance of writings about a city to how cities become embedded in the popular imagination. V.S.

Protracted conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have left tens of millions of people in need of humanitarian and development assistance to have access to water.

Remaking the Urban Social Contract is edited by Michael Pagano, the director of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Urban Forum.

Infrastructural Ecologies, by Hillary Brown and Byron Stigge, is an encouraging book full of case studies that illustrate what possibilities exist for emerging economies with serious deficits in infrastructure provision.

Written by Massimo Livi Bacci, Our Shrinking Planet advocates bringing the demographic question back to the centre of the international community’s debates on development.

Edited by Perry and Naqvi, Improving Access and Quality of Public Services in Latin America brings insights from a variety of Latin American nations to evaluate the effectiveness of mechanisms and governance structures to deliver improved quality, access and affordability to critical pub

Edited by Moloney, Fuenfgeld and Granbery, Local Action on Climate Change: Opportunities and Constraints brings together seven case studies from around the world.

Children and the Geography of Violence expands upon the social–ecological perspective of violence to consider how the physical environment is integral to the issue of violence and what its implications are for children, in particular.