Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Engaging our readers in preparing book notes

Our Book Notes section has short descriptions of books, papers and reports that we have prepared on all subjects relevant to urban issues. These are summaries rather than reviews. These go into the Book Notes online database that contains all Book Notes since our 1993 editions. It has facilities for searching by author, title, key word, city or country.

As an experiment, we are opening this to our readers so it can draw on a wider pool of knowledge. So we invite you to send us short summaries of new publications you have read that you found interesting – and relevant to urban issues. Authors may submit summaries too, but not promotional material. We welcome your submission on relevant publications published within the last two years. This includes English-language Book Notes and English summaries of publications in Spanish, French or Portuguese. You will be listed as the author of the summary.

If you would like to submit a Book Note, please search the database on this page to ensure that the publication has not already been covered. Please specify the title, author, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, and ISBN (if applicable). For the description, between one and six paragraphs is sufficient. Book Notes can be sent to christine.ro@iied.org

(For a searchable database of papers in Environment and Urbanization, go to http://eau.sagepub.com/)

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2019

According to its introduction, Kids at Work “is the first book to look at the participation of child street vendors in the Un

2021

This design-focused book proposes a utopian “City of Refugees” that would actually encompass four cities of refuge on four continents.

2020

Dhaka’s growth over the past 70-odd years has been astonishing. At the time of India’s Partition in 1947, this city in East Pakistan numbered no more than 300,000. On independence in 1971, it had grown to 1.5 million. By the new millennium, the megacity had 16.3 million inhabitants.

2020

Asian Alleyways is a celebration of smaller and more shadowy urban spaces. These are ambiguously situated between private and public space, often associated with illicit acts, and frequently omitted from official maps.

2020

This edited volume approaches the Covid-19 pandemic as both a crisis and an opportunity. Handwashing has become a mainstay of public health advice regarding coronavirus, and thus there has been abundant attention to the accessibility and affordability of water.

2020

Panic City lays out its thesis statement early and explicitly: “The central argument of this book is that heightened anxieties about the perils of everyday urban living have spilled over into an obsession with security, in which an oversaturation of ominous signs of vulnerability has

2019

This book emerged from a small academic community: students or teachers of material culture at University College London (UCL). Each contributor covers a specific residential or public location in London, paying attention to the interactions between people and places.

2020

Urban centres across the world are unprepared for the "disruptive risks" they now face. Highly unlikely disturbances are occurring more frequently. Established hazard patterns are shifting. Multiple crises are unfolding concurrently. A disturbance in one part of the globe is felt in another.

2019

This book collects over 100 brief essays on specific terms/concepts that critique exclusionary development models and suggest alternative pathways forward. These range from the relatively commonplace (e.g. “human rights”) to the more esoteric (e.g. “sea ontologies”).

2015

This handbook offers general principles, brief examples and sample checklists, rather than an exhaustive examination of the cross-mainstreaming of climate change and gender.

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