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

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

2018

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.

2019

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.

2019

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).

2019

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

2019

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.

2019

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.

2019

Men, women and children who are forced to flee their homes often bear the mental or physical scars of conflict. Refugees’ arduous journeys to urban areas and the conditions they encounter there can present further health challenges.

2018

Carving out the Commons develops a theory of the urban commons through an investigation of limited-equity housing cooperatives in Washington, DC.

2019

Vernacular Regeneration deals with urban change, specifically the urban regeneration project underway in Johannesburg’s inner city.

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